Major League Soccer has agreed terms to send D.C. United and U.S. international midfielder Bobby Convey to the club of the Chosen People, Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, where U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller also practices his craft. Pending approval of a work permit, the 20-year old will become the youngest MLS player ever to sign for an EPL club.
"I think the Premiership is one of the best leagues in the world and you can't pass up on the opportunity," he said. "To play against some of the best players in the world there (England) you can only get better. I've developed in MLS and with the U.S. National Team as much as I could and this is a great step for me to play against those players."Convey had an outstanding year for the MNT in 2003, piling up 15 appearances, the most of any player. Holding two career assists, he scored his first full international goal against Costa Rica in the third-place match of the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 26. His tally in the 66th minute turned out to be the game-winner as the U.S. topped the Ticos, 3-2, at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Now with 18 career appearances with the senior team, Convey became the third youngest player in MNT history to earn a full cap when he played one minute against Mexico on October 25, 2000, at the age of 17 years and 151 days old.
Convey has shined throughout a stellar career in the U.S. national team programs, already claiming appearances in the U-17 World Championship in 1999, and the U-20 World Championship in 2001. Named the 2002 U.S. Soccer Chevy Young Player of the Year, Convey will captain the U-20 side competing in the 2003 World Championship in the United Arab Emirates in November. He is also an integral part of the U.S. U-23 side that will compete in Olympic qualifying later this year.