Looks like we've got our first real player transaction of the off-season.
It was reported on Twitter, then confirmed by the team, that the Red Bulls have flipped their first round SuperDraft pick (15th overall) to Toronto FC for winger Bobby Convey. In addition, the Red Bulls' get Toronto's second round SuperDraft pick (
21st 22nd overall).
Convey split time with Sporting Kansas City and the Reds last year, making only three appearances for SKC before being traded to Toronto. There, he made 21 appearances, 20 starts, scored a goal and set up four more. He lead TFC in assists, which probably says more about Toronto than it does Convey, but the point stands.
The 30-year-old Convey started his career with D.C. United, where he played with Head Coach Mike Petke for two seasons, before jumping to England's Reading in 2004. When he came back in 2009, he played three years with the San Jose Earthquakes. Then he made his way through Kansas City and Toronto. And now we're here.
This is the first real move the Red Bulls have made all season. They've let some players go and brought some players back, but this is the first new face Petke and Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh have brought in.
It's not a world-beating move, but the Red Bulls could use some MLS-proven help on the wings. He was one of the players we mentioned the Red Bulls should take a look at in the Re-Entry Draft, and with a trade worked out, the Red Bulls avoided bringing Convey on board for his $200,000 base salary.
Overall, it's not a bad move. Yeah, he's 30 and yeah, he's bounced around, but they could have done far worse. After all, Convey is a former MLS All-Star and USMNT player.