May 16, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT
While David Beckham’s announcement continues to be the big fire sucking all the air from our sport’s collective room, the rest of the soccer world does keep spinning.
Just ask Bobby Convey, the once-rising star of U.S. Soccer, but a man who now finds himself on a third team in 18 months.
Sporting Kansas City traded the little used winger today to Toronto for, essentially, a third-round draft pick. (Sporting KC gets a first-round pick of the 2014 supplemental draft.)
No matter how you describe the exchange, it’s a pittance for what we all thought this guy would be worth. At age 29, Convey should be in the prime of his career, still young enough to do, but now old enough to know.
Remember, there seemed to be so much promise in the young winger (who could also perform as an attack-minded left back) during the 2006 World Cup, when he played in all three first-round matches in Germany.
But his career began a slow descent. He never quite seemed the same after an October 2006 injury while still with Reading.
Convey had tumbled down the national team order by 2009, when he signed on with the San Jose Earthquakes. But that turned sour after a while, which led to a move into Kansas City in December of 2011.
Convey never made an impact at Sporting Park. Not even close, really. Over a season and change for Peter Vermes team, Convey had a goal and two assists.
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