A Valentin Chronicles Special Report: Jules with the Big Boys - Bobby Convey
CHICAGO (Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004) - You know him from his humorous, witty and always interesting piece on ussoccer.com, "The Valentin Chronicles," but now that he's out in Carson with the Under-20s, defender Julian "Jules" Valentin has decided to shake things up a bit. Jules is taking his talents to the interview chair, as he spoke with a number of players on the Men's National Team. In his last of three interviews, Jules sits down with MNT midfielder Bobby Convey, who talks about his experience as captain of the Under-20s during their remarkable run in the World Youth Championship, his taste in music and about his aspirations to play overseas in the future.
Jan. 11, 2004
Jules here again! Thank you for joining me for this, the last installment of "Special Report: Jules With the Big Boys." I hope that you’ve enjoyed my earlier interviews with Ben Olsen/Chris Albright and Eddie Pope. Today’s chat with another one of the big boys won’t disappoint. Now on with today’s action packed conversation.
Today’s interview is with one of the USA’s up-and-coming superstars, if he has already not reached that status. I sat down with none other than the 20 year old Bobby Convey, fresh off of his solid showing at the World Youth Championship.
Bobby is a really laid back guy, but a real firecracker on the field. When I was in his room, I glanced around to see clothes on the floor and on his bag. I got the impression that he has a European-like sense of fashion with faded blue jeans and suede loafers. He is really down-to-earth and is just a normal 20 year old. Here’s what he had to say:
Jules: Are you a fan of The Valentin Chronicles? Have you ever read any of my articles on ussocce.com?
Bobby Convey: I’ve seen them on there but I have really read a lot of them. I have seen them on there. I know who you are though.
J: How would you describe your experience in the Under-20 World Cup?
BC: It was a great experience. Our team did very well. We went there with a great mentality that we wanted to win and no one was bigger than the team. We did really well, I was happy about that and that I had a few goals and assists.
J: What was your most memorable moment with the U-17s?
BC: Probably when I first went down there (to Bradenton, Florida). John Ellinger came to one of my state final games and I played well that game and I moved down to Florida when I was 14. It was definitely exciting.
J: How long have you been a pro?
BC: This is my 5th year now with DC United.
J: How would you describe your current love life? (This question sparked a huge reaction from Bobby’s roommate, Alecko Eskandarian) Do you have a girlfriend, are you married, are you playing the field as an attacking mid or more of a defensive player?
BC: No, I don’t have a girlfriend right now. I used to, not anymore. I’m just a chill person. I’ve always met girls through friends so I’m just playing (the field) and whatever’s going to happen is going to happen.
J: What kind of music do you listen to?
BC: I listen to a lot of music. I’m not good with the names but I know all the songs. I listen to the radio a lot. I listen to a lot of stuff.
J: I did some undercover work and my sources tell me that you love to sing and that you’re terrible at it. My source is a 14-year-old boy who lives with me (Freddy Adu) and will be your teammate soon. Explain this.
Alecko Eskandarian: Ha, ha, ha!
BC: I do. I like to sing. I can sing and I’m good at it, so I just do it all the time.
(Jules’ Note: After consulting more people on this issue and hearing it first hand, I have discovered that Bobby is actually an extremely good singer. One person even said that if he weren’t a pro soccer player that he would be an American Idol.)
J: What do you do on your off day to keep yourself busy?
BC: I like to eat and sleep a lot, everyone will tell you that. I like playing golf.
Jules: Do you have aspirations of playing overseas?
BC: I like where I’m at in MLS, but obviously to play in Europe against some of the best players in the world in the best leagues in the world is a great thing. I would love to do that some day. I’ll be with D.C. and play with them until whatever’s going to happen in the future happens. Obviously, you just have to wait and look at all your options.
Jules: U.S. Soccer
Bobby Convey: A good environment
J: United Arab Emirates
BC: A lot nicer than people think
J: Coach Bruce Arena
BC: Funny looking dude
J: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BC: My hometown
J: Ben Olsen
BC: Monkey Boy
J: Home Depot Center
BC: A good start for soccer stadiums in America
J: Washington, D.C.
BC: Where I’ve grown up pretty much.
|BC: Big, tall dudes
J: Eddie Pope
BC: My best friend
BC: Justin Guarini
(Jules’ Note: This comment by Bobby sparked intense laughter from him, Alecko, and even me. I understand that my hair is getting a bit long, but I didn’t know that it was as ridiculous as the runner-up in the first American Idol. Pretty soon I’ll look like my good buddy painter Bob Ross who I cited in one of my old Undercover Journals or Jack Osborne.)
After 10 minutes of smart comments from Bobby’s roommate Alecko Eskandarian, I thought that I would add another question to Bobby’s interrogation.
J: How do you feel about Alecko Eskandarian?
BC: He should have been a little Greco-Roman wrestler, but instead he decided to play soccer. I don’t know why. But he’s a cool dude.
AE: We go way back Bobby! You’d better say something better than that.
BC: We’ve known each other since we were like 14 or 15. Cool dude, but he should have been a wrestler.
At this point Alecko stands up, takes off his shirt and starts flexing for Bobby and me and we all laugh hysterically.
J: Anything else that you want to add?
BC: No man, just write something good I guess.
There it is folks. I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s conversation with Bobby Convey and all of my interviews throughout the week. I’m sorry that this is the end of "Special Report: Jules With the Big Boys," but this doesn’t mean that this is the end of me. Make sure that you keep reading ussoccer.com to read my next installment of The Valentin Chronicles. Thanks again and remember to keep reading the best site on the web, which is obviously www.ussoccer.com, for all of the exciting updates that are yet to come.