Yesterday, Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman hinted that the club would be trading for another player. Today, he made good on that talk, as Sporting Kansas City traded a 2012 international roster spot for San Jose Earthquakes midfielder/full back Bobby Convey.
The move continues Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes' push to provide depth and versatility, as Convey can play a number of positions. The also club traded for Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura on the 28th of November.
In Convey, Kansas City is getting a 28 year old, two-time MLS All-Star, and a player with United States National Team experience.
Convey has been the talk of a number of Sporting Kansas City fans as a possible move for the club, but for myself, I thought Convey's price tag would be too much for the team to go after him. Continuing the theme of this off season, I was once again wrong.
According to the MLS Players' Union, Convey made around $336K this season, which means he's quite an expensive pickup for Sporting. I'd have to imagine that he won't be getting paid that much in Kansas City.
Minus the financial aspect of the Nagamura trade, and now the Convey trade, you have to be excited about the moves Vermes has been making this off season. Nagamura can play all three midfield positions in Vermes' 4-3-3, and Convey can provide depth at the left back spot as well as out wide at the forward position, where Omar Bravo is the starter.