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Convey Transferred to Tottenham

Convey

Bobby Convey broke age boundaries when he was signed by MLS in 2000.

CHANTILLY, VA (August 13, 2003) - D.C. United and Major League Soccer announced today that Bobby Convey has been transferred to English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, pending approval of a work permit. Financial details of the deal are undisclosed, however D.C. United are scheduled to receive a replacement player allocation from Major League Soccer. The pool of possible allocation players will be determined by United. The 20-year-old midfielder will join the North London based-club once he has been granted necessary permission from Home Office to play professionally in England.

“Through D.C. United, MLS and the U.S. National Team program, Bobby has grown into a special player in a short amount of time,” said United Technical Director Dave Kasper. “At Spurs, Bobby has the opportunity to prove that he can succeed in one of the top leagues in the world. We are extremely proud and happy for Bobby and wish him the best of luck.”

“This is a terrific move for Bobby,” added SportsNet, LLC Principal Dan Segal.  “To enter the first team of an important Premier League club at twenty years old speaks extremely well of both how far Bobby has already come and also how far he can go in his career.”

Convey became the youngest player drafted into MLS when he was chosen by United with the club’s first-round pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, the 12th player selected overall. He was thrust into action by necessity during United’s 2000 MLS campaign. Originally earmarked to play the majority of the season with the league’s Project-40 developmental squad, Convey was called upon early in the season. The Philadelphia native was the youngest player in MLS history to score a goal when he tallied in the 33rd minute against Kansas City on April 7, 2001. Born May 27, 1983, Convey was 17 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he notched his first strike. By year’s end, the midfielder had played in 22 of United's 32 league matches, starting 18, and registered two assists. During his three and a half-year MLS career, Convey appeared in 70 games (64 starts), scoring eight goals and 12 assists for 28 points.

“I’d like to thank D.C. United, my teammates and the great soccer supporters in Washington, DC,” said Convey. “Kevin Payne and others within the organization helped me grow as a player and a person, and my teammates have been great. I owe much of my success to them. I’m glad to have spent the last four years with this club, playing before the best fans in MLS. Moving to Tottenham is the next step in my career, and I’m ready to prove that American soccer players can develop to the point we can compete at the highest levels of our game.”

The young midfielder has also emerged on the United States National Team scene. Despite his age, Convey has amassed a wealth of experience at the international level. He has earned 18 full caps in his international career and has made the most appearances (15) of any player for the USMNT in 2003. At 17 years and 151 days old, he became the third youngest player in MNT history to earn a full cap when he played one minute against Mexico on October 25, 2000. He earned his first start at left midfield against world power Brazil in a friendly played March 3, 2001, earning rave reviews for his performance against Brazilian right back Cafu.

Convey scored his first full international goal against Costa Rica in the third-place match of the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 26. His tally in the 66th minute turned out to be the game-winner as the U.S. topped the Ticos, 3-2, at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Convey has also been a fixture on the U.S. youth teams. He captained the U.S. U-20 National Team to a berth in the 2003 World Youth Championship at the qualifying tournament played last November in Charleston, S.C. He plans to lead the U.S. in the 2003 tournament to be held this November in the United Arab Emirates, after already representing the U-20’s previously at the 2001 event in Argentina. Convey scored three goals, including a brace in the opener, at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in 2001.

As member of the U.S. U-17 National Team, Convey was the youngest player on the team at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship. He appeared in 45 matches for the U-17’s in 1999, starting 43 games and collecting 19 goals.

Convey was honored as the 2002 Chevy Young Male Athlete of the Year. He was named ESPN The Magazine's “Next 2001 Athlete” for soccer and was one of World Soccer Magazine’s “Top 100 Rising Stars” in 2000.

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