Bobby Convey has been a regular face in Major League Soccer for a long, long time.
The newest Toronto FC signing started his career with D.C. United back in 2000, and his career has seen him play in San Jose, Kansas and in England. Playing against the Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC took a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Jonathan Osorio goal, but in typical fashion, conceded a goal after the 90-minute mark, bringing the game level at 1-1 and leaving BMO Field feeling less-than-satisfied with the result.
However, the game against the Union marked the first start for Convey. The 30-year-old winger had a chance to play in the second half against Columbus, but against the Union, Convey looked more comfortable and was involved in more of the play.
Speaking after the game, RedNation Online asked Convey how he felt, and Convey was pleased with his side’s play, remaining optimistic that Toronto FC will improve.
“I thought we did well,” said Convey. “We controlled the first half, I thought that was one of our best performances of the year so far, and obviously with the red card it changes the game, but I think we deserved the goal and they got a lucky bounce there at the end and it went bounced right to the guy through a couple guys’ legs. If we keep playing like that, we’ll win more often than we lose.”
Convey spoke about playing in Toronto FC, and compared the club to some of his former Major League Soccer outfits.
“It’s similar to playing for San Jose, it’s much different than playing in Kansas,” said Convey. “There’s just such a set thing that they want to do there in Kansas and in San Jose I had more freedom to switch sides and do different things and I think it showed today. I think it showed today, Oso and I, playing out wide, both of us can play each side and it really caused problems.”
Playing on either wing, with Jonathan Osorio on the other side, Convey earned his first start for Toronto FC against the Philadelphia Union. His performance was strong, and his ability to drop back and defend makes him an asset on the left wing. However, it is in the attack that Convey excels, and his ability to cross into the box was wasted due to a lack of height in the box.
However, the return of Danny Koevermans gives Toronto FC – and Convey – a target to aim for up top, and for a winger, Koevermans is the perfect centre forward. His ability to score from out of nowhere and pick up on long crosses makes Koevermans a complimentary piece to Convey, and vice versa. When asked if he was excited with Koevermans’ return and the prospect of playing alongside him, Convey said:
“Yeah, sure! Any time you can bring in a goalscorer, that’s always great. I think the other guys we have as well have done well and it can only help us going forward to have another guy who can score goals.”
How the two will combine, Toronto FC supporters will have to wait and see. However, with Koevermans up top and a capable winger in Convey out wide, Toronto FC may have gained two very important pieces in the offensive end.