Teal Bunbury

Teal Alexander Bunbury (born February 27, 1990) is a Canadian-American soccer player who currently plays as forward or midfielder for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. Teal’s father, Alex Bunbury is a Canadian of Guyanese descent, and his mother, Patty, is a Canadian of Italian descent.

Teal Bunbury
Teal Bunbury in 2011
Personal information
Full name Teal Alexander Bunbury
Date of birth (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990
Place of birth Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 10
Youth career
2006–2007 Apple Valley Juventus
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Akron Zips 45 (23)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Rochester Thunder 11 (5)
2010–2013 Sporting Kansas City 89 (19)
2014– New England Revolution 180 (34)
National team
2007 Canada U17 1 (0)
2008–2009 Canada U20 2 (1)
2012 United States U23 3 (0)
2010–2012 United States 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 10, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 25, 2014

Club career

College and amateur

Bunbury was born in Hamilton, Ontario to an American mother of Italian descent, Patti, and Alex Bunbury, a Guyanese-born, Canadian professional soccer player who is the eighth most capped player for the Canadian men's soccer team. At the age of two, he left Canada to travel with his family, at first to England, where the elder Bunbury played briefly, and then to Portugal. When he was 10 years old,[1] he moved to the United States with his family and has lived there since. He grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and attended Shattuck-St. Mary's High School.

Bunbury's first club was Apple Valley Juventus,[2] followed by college soccer at the University of Akron. He made a total of 35 starts and appeared in 48 games with the Zips during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In his first season, he made 23 appearances, starting ten games and scoring six goals, a total second only to future SuperDraft pick Steve Zakuani, who led the NCAA in scoring with 20.[3]

After Steve Zakuani was selected first overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Bunbury began to shine for Akron. As a sophomore, he started all 25 games for the Zips, including the 2009 Division I Men's College Cup final.[4] Bunbury led the team and the nation in goals, scoring 17 during the year, led the team in shots (103) and tied with fellow forward, Darlington Nagbe, in game-winning goals (5). Bunbury earned many accolades during the 2009 season, including the Mid-American Conference's Player of the Week award three times and same award by College Soccer News, once. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's national Team of the Week during the season. At the end of the season he was named as the winner of the 2009 Hermann Trophy Award, honoring the best player in college soccer.

During his college years Bunbury also played with the Rochester Thunder in the USL Premier Development League[5] and the Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Super-20 League.

Professional

After two years with the Zips, Bunbury decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate career and signed with Generation adidas.[6] He was drafted in the first round (4th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City Wizards.[7]

He made his professional debut on March 27 in Kansas City's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against D.C. United,[8] and scored his first professional goal on April 13 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game against the Colorado Rapids. He was handed a start on his first game in Canada versus Toronto FC and was subbed off in the 58th minute. He scored his first MLS goal in a 1–0 victory over Columbus Crew on July 14.

In December 2010, Bunbury joined English Premier League side Stoke City on trial and scored in a reserve match against Wigan Athletic.[9]

In August 2012, he suffered a torn ACL during a match against New York Red Bulls, which kept him off the field for 10 months.[10]

In February 2014, Bunbury was traded to the New England Revolution for a first round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money.[11]

Career statistics

As of match played 28 April 2019[12]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Sporting Kansas City 2010 Major League Soccer 2650000265
2011 29921003110
2012 2254100266
2013 1201020150
Total 891972209821
New England Revolution 2014 Major League Soccer 3661000376
2015 3140000314
2016 2723300305
2017 2873100318
2018 321100003211
2019 1000000100
Total 16430740017134
Career totals 258511462027457

International career

Bunbury played for the Canadian national U-17 and U-20 teams. Though he had said he would play for Canada and it would feel "wrong" to play for the US,[1] he was called up to the full US team as part of the squad to face South Africa.[13] Bunbury earned his first cap for the United States on November 17, 2010, coming on as a substitute at halftime in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. He scored his first international goal against Chile from a penalty kick, in an exhibition match in Los Angeles.

Personal life

Teal is the son of Alex Bunbury, a former striker who is the third highest scorer and is fifth in caps won all-time for the Canadian men's soccer team. He also finished his career as one of C.S. Marítimo's all-time top goal scorers.[14] Teal is the first son of a former MLS player to be drafted into the league.[15] His sister, Kylie Bunbury, is an actress currently starring in Fox's Pitch. Bunbury also has a younger brother named Logan who is an aspiring rapper.

Honors

Individual

References

  1. "Teal Bunbury proud to follow in dad's footsteps". CBC News. 2010-01-26.
  2. "Football Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05.
  3. "AKRON - Cumulative Season Statistics (2008)". Akron Media Relations. 2009-03-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  4. "AKRON - Cumulative Season Statistics (2009)". Akron Media Relations. 2009-12-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  5. "2009 Rochester Thunder squad". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10.
  6. "CANADIAN BUNBURY PICKED 4TH OVERALL IN MLS SUPERDRAFT". TSN.
  7. "2010 MLS SuperDraft".
  8. "Teal Bunbury First Game". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21.
  9. "Trialist On Target In Reserves Defeat". stokecityfc.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  10. "Sporting KC's Bunbury done for season with torn ACL". 27 August 2012.
  11. Austin, Kurt. "Teal Bunbury traded to New England. Despite being a striker in college, Teal is used more behind the main striker and is evolving into a playmaker.Revolution". Sportingkc.com. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  12. Teal Bunbury at Soccerway
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-01-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. "Akron sophomore striker Teal Bunbury comes from a soccer family".
  15. "Teal Bunbury proud to follow in dad's footsteps".
  16. "MAC Announces Men's Soccer Postseason Awards" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. 2009-11-13. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  17. Eskilson, J.R. (2009-12-03). "College Soccer Professor: End Of The Season Awards". Goal.com. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  18. "Akpan, Bone and Bunbury are Men's 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists" (Press release). NSCAA. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  19. "Akpan Earns Third Division I All-America Honor" (Press release). NSCAA. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  20. Kennedy, Paul (2009-12-18), "Akron's Bunbury is Men's Player of the Year", Soccer America, archived from the original on 2013-02-02, retrieved 2009-12-23
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