Convey The World Cup Message
That was a lousy pun. I’m sorry. As the United States goes up against the Czech Republic today for World Cup Super Action, most people tend to forget that the United States as a national men’s soccer team. The Philly connection with our boys in blue in Alemania happens to be kinda-blind, all-the-way-awesome Bobby Convey.
Convey was part of the first Bradenton Academy class in 1999, alongside such soccer stars as Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley. He was drafted into the MLS by D.C. United in 2000 at the age of 20, making him as of then the youngest player signed into the league. He scored his first professional goal on July 4, 2000, with a header against the Colorado Rapids. From the MLS, he signed with the Reading football club in England. He became a starter on the team in 2005, and will play in the Premier league when the season starts this year.
In an interview with the BBC, Convey talks about growing up in Northeast Philly. “My sister, my brother, my parents, everyone always played soccer so I did. My sister played for the National team in the US so I always played soccer with her, my family has always been athletic and soccer was just the sport I chose. In Philadelphia I didn’t grow up in a rich area, we just played in the local playing fields whenever we could get the chance. There were just two fields so you had to wait your turn and play at 7am which my parents probably weren’t too happy about!”
In a time where the Phillies are floundering, the Sixers and Flyers are done, and the Eagles are still scrambling to find another good receiver, The World Cup is where Philly fans can turn to to get some kind of homebrewed sports action.