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This is Part Five in a series of articles on the players who will be playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2012.
Continuity is the hallmark of any great football team. If one player in one position leaves for another side, another player will look to take that person's place to ensure there is depth with the same talent and skills at that position.
Jon Conway, who played backup goalkeeper to Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire last year, will now be a backup to Josh Saunders of the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2012.
While Conway brings years of experiences as well as a few titles, he also brings baggage to the side and will look to make amends by helping lead the Galaxy to MLS Cup glory with a successful silverware defense.
Conway was born on May 6, 1977 in Media, Pennsylvania, located 12 miles west of Philadelphia. After playing youth soccer for F.C. Delco, Conway spent four years playing for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 1996-1999.
In the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, Conway was selected as the 28th overall selection by the San Jose Earthquakes. Originally a backup to Joe Cannon, Conway was given the nod in 2003 after Cannon took his trade to France.
Though he made four appearances for the Bay Area Seals on loan, Conway was used sparingly, making 18 appearances on goal. As a member of the original Quakes, he won two MLS Cup Championships.
From 2006-2009, Conway had his best stint of his playing career, as a member of the New York Red Bulls. He made 63 appearances on goal. However, his time at New York was marred by controversy.
In October 2008, Conway and defender Jeff Parke were suspended for 10 matches after testing positive for androstatriendione (ATD) and boldenone metabolites. These are the longest drug-related suspensions in MLS history, according to Ives Galarcep.
After being snubbed in favor of Senegal international Bouna Coundoul, Conway was traded to Chivas USA for a fourth-round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, according to goal.com. Never making a single appearance, he was acquired by Toronto FC and became their back-up goalkeeper.
While he only made one league appearance for TFC, Conway did start in goal during Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League matches. That season, he helped the Reds win the Voyageurs Cup.
In 2011, Toronto traded Conway to the Chicago Fire in exchange for the 49th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Joao Plata. A backup to Johnson, Conway made six league appearances in goal.
At the conclusion of the 2011 MLS season, the Los Angeles Galaxy looked to find a keeper to replace Donovan Ricketts, who was sent to the Montreal Impact. The Galaxy selected Conway in Stage 2 of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft, effectively making Conway the back-up goalkeeper to Josh Saunders.
Continuity at any position. Continuity in terms of depth. Continuity in terms of production. That word—continuity—is what separated good teams from great teams.
With his years of success as a reliable backup, Jon Conway will aim to ensure continuity at the goalkeeper position for Bruce Arena's Galaxy in 2012.