BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Bobby Convey says that he is enjoying his time at San Jose which has served to revitalize his career in what is his second stint in the country's top domestic league.
From 2000-2004, Convey was a key component for DC United and his strong play there earned him a contract with English club Reading. Convey initially thrived in England as he helped lead the club to promotion to the Premier League.
Eventually, injures began to take their toll and Convey would return back to the United States to find a club where he could play regularly. In San Jose and under head coach Frank Yallop, he has found an ideal situation.
"It was a dream come true for me to go over to England," Convey told YA from Houston. "I played MLS for a while and then went over there for five years. But then with my knee injury, my wife and I felt it was time to come home and get it all sorted out and we got an offer from San Jose. I did have offers from other clubs in England, but I felt like it was the right time to come back."
Convey made the move stateside last year and joined up with the Earthquakes in the middle of the season. Joining the team in the middle of the season was difficult and he feels that explains why this season has been much better.
"Last year, it was a little difficult because I came in so late," the Philadelphia native recalled. "I was trying to negotiate out of my contract with Reading and that took a while and then obviously doing the contract with MLS took a little bit of time."
"So I really only trained with everyone two weeks before the season," he continued. "So that made it difficult especially coming from halfway through the season over there made it difficult to get excited for a new season. "
This year however has been different with Convey who was able to rest over the winter offseason and participate in a full preseason.
"So this year it has been much better," Convey assessed. "I had some rest in the offseason. Spoke with [Frank Yallop] about the season and what our goals were for the season. We brought in a bunch of good guys. I was able to rest and work out with my trainer in the offseason and really get ready for the season. I've really enjoyed it this year because we have good players on our team."
Part of that success has been parlayed into getting named to the MLS All-Star squad that will take on English giants Manchester United on Wednesday night at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
While Convey is enjoying a successful season with San Jose, his future remains uncertain has his contract with the organization is over at the conclusion of the season. He is open to the idea of returning to Europe but staying at MLS is also a possibility.
"I don't know," Convey said of his future. "My contract is up at the end of this year so we'll see what happens. I'm only 27 years old. It wasn't that I didn't want to necessarily be in Europe anymore, it was I had a good offer from Frank [Yallop] and knew it was a good time to come back and play and really enjoy life again and we'll see what happens and see what's going on. I'm not against doing anything."
Convey will look to put on a strong performance tonight against Manchester United. He will then look to lead San Jose in the second half of the season which begins this weekend when they host the Seattle Sounders. The club currently sits in fourth place in the Western Conference with 23 points from 15 games.