Nov. 10, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGE MLS PAGE
SAN JOSE - Major League Soccer announced today that San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey has been named the Comeback Player of the Year. Convey battled back from the effects of microfracture surgery on his right knee in 2007 and hamstring injuries that hampered him in 2009 to have a breakout season in 2010.
Convey recorded a career-high 10 assists (fifth in MLS) in 2010 to go along with one goal and helped lead the Earthquakes to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since their return to MLS in 2008. Convey set a career-high with three assists in one game on May 8 against the New York Red Bulls. His excellent two-way play on the left wing also helped the Quakes achieve their third-highest point total in franchise history with 46.
Additionally, Convey finished the regular season tied for the league lead in game-winning assists with five, along with FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira and LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan. The five game-winning assists are tied for the most in a single season in club history with Eddie Lewis (1999) and Dwayne De Rosario (2005).
Convey played 26 games last season, totaling only one goal and two assists, but was slowed by a hamstring injury and lingering pain in his right knee. This season, Convey appeared in 28 games, missing none due to injury. He missed one game due to yellow card accumulation and he was rested for a game after San Jose had clinched a playoff spot.
He becomes the third Earthquakes player to win the award. Troy Dayak captured the award in 2001, while Brian Ching won in 2004.
Convey scored twice and added an assist in San Joses 3-1 win over the top seeded New York Red Bulls on Nov. 4 at Red Bull Arena. His two goals in a playoff game tied the franchise record, as Landon Donovan had achieved the feat on Sept. 22, 2001 at Columbus and again in the MLS Cup Final on Nov. 23, 2003 against the Chicago Fire.
The Earthquakes travel to Denver this weekend to take on the Colorado Rapids in the Eastern Conference Championship. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. PT and will air live on Fox Soccer Channel and 1220 KDOW.
Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services.