A pacey winger who offers the Revs width and a goal scoring threat from the wing, Teal Bunbury has spent the last two seasons in New England following a trade with Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2014 season. Since joining the Revs, Bunbury has transitioned from a center forward to a wide midfielder, becoming more of a creator in the process. He recorded more assists in his first two seasons in New England than in his previous four with Kansas City, while he set career-highs in appearances (31) and assists (6) in his first season with the Revs. Internationally, Bunbury represented Canada at the youth level, but opted to play for the U.S. National Team at the senior level, collecting four caps and scoring one goal since making his debut in 2010.
2015: Made 30 appearances for New England, including 20 starts, tallying four goals and five assists during the regular season. He was forced to miss three games in March after spraining his right shoulder late in the season opening defeat to Seattle. He returned to action at Colorado on April 4 and registered his first goal and first assists of the season two weeks later against Philadelphia. He came on in the 61st minute of that game and set up Charlie Davies’ equalizer three minutes later before scoring the game-winner on the 76th minute. Bunbury scored another game-winner two weeks later, scoring in the second half of a 2-1 home win over New York on May 2. The goal against the Red Bulls was the 25th of Bunbury’s MLS regular-season career. He scored the Revs’ third-fastest goal of the year with a fifth-minute strike in the 2-2 draw with LA on May 31, and had assists in back-to-back games against Chicago and D.C. United in mid-June. Bunbury’s final goal of the season came on June 27 in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver, which was the first game that the Revs had ever lost when Bunbury scored. He tallied his fourth assist of the season at New York on July 11 and made his 50th regular-season appearance with the Revs a week later against NYCFC. Recorded his fifth assist of the year on Sept. 5, setting up a Juan Agudelo goal in the 3-0 home win over Orlando City. In the postseason, he came off the bench for the final 39 minutes of the Revs Knockout Round defeat to D.C. United for the first substitute appearance in the postseason of his MLS career.
2014: Was traded to New England from Sporting Kansas City in February and made a career-high 31 appearances in his first season with the Revs, starting 28 times. He finished the season with four goals and a career-high six assists in the regular season, leading the team in assists and finishing tied for third in goals. Bunbury made his Revolution debut on March 8 on the road against Houston and tallied his first assist against the Dynamo at home on April 12, setting up Kevin Alston’s game-winning goal in the 68th minute. His first goal for New England came two weeks later, tallying the game-winner in second half stoppage time against his former club, Sporting Kansas City, on April 26. Bunbury had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 home win over Seattle on May 11 and then set up a Diego Fagundez goal against Philadelphia in a 5-3 win a week later in which he made the 100th appearance of his MLS career. He added an assist on Charlie Davies’ first-ever goal for the Revs on August 2 away to New York. He scored in back-to-back games on August 30 and September 3, tallying in wins over Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City and then had assists in consecutive wins over Sporting and Columbus on September 26 and October 4. He missed the final two games of the regular season with left hamstring tightness but played every minute in all five of the Revs’ postseason games, scoring twice and adding two assists. Bunbury had a goal and an assist in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Columbus and then repeated the feat two weeks later in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship on the road against New York. He had three shots in MLS Cup against the LA Galaxy, hitting the cross bar late in the second half with the score tied 1-1. Bunbury also made one appearance for the Revs in the Open Cup, playing in the club’s quarterfinal defeat to Philadelphia on July 8.
2013: Was limited to just 12 regular-season appearances and one start with Sporting Kansas City after returning from a torn ACL that he suffered in August 2012. He returned to action, ten months after that injury, on June 12, playing in a U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round game against Orlando City and then made his MLS-season debut on June 22, coming on as a second-half substitute against FC Dallas. His only start of the season came on August 23, playing 67 minutes in a 1-0 road loss to Chicago. Bunbury registered his only assist of the year in his team’s season finale against Philadelphia on October 26, setting up Lawrence Olum’s game-winning goal in second half stoppage time. He went on to start two of his team’s five postseason games, playing the first leg against both New England and Houston as Sporting went on to win MLS Cup on penalties against Real Salt Lake, a game in which Bunbury was an unused substitute for. He also played twice for Sporting in the CONCACAF Champions League, helping them win Group 2 and advance to the quarterfinals.
2012: Made 22 regular-season appearances for Sporting Kansas City, starting 14 times and tallying five goals and one assist before suffering a season-ending tear of his anterior cruciate ligament on Aug. 26 in a match against New York. He scored his first two goals of the season on May 19 in a 2-2 draw on the road against Colorado before adding a third goal on the road against Columbus on July 14. He scored in back-to-back matches in August – at New England on August 4 and vs. D.C. United on August 11 – before collecting his only assist of the season in the opening minutes of a 1-1 draw with New York, though suffered a knee injury later in that game and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. Bunbury also made four appearances in U.S. Open Cup, scoring in the Fourth Round against Colorado as Sporting went on to win the tournament for the first time since 2004.
2011: Bunbury enjoyed his best goal scoring season to date, tallying nine times in 29 appearances while also adding three assists. He finished the year as Sporting’s co-top goal scorer despite going more than three months early in the season without a goal. He came off the bench to score the game-winner in his season debut against Chicago on March 26 and then registered the first multi-goal game of his career a week later, tallying on either side of halftime in a 3-3 draw at Vancouver. He scored six goals in SKC’s final 12 matches, snapping a 15-game scoreless run with an 89th-minute equalizer at home against New England on July 30. He started Sporting’s next game and scored their second goal in a 2-0 home win over Real Salt Lake. Goals six and seven came in a 3-0 win over Houston on September 10 before opening October with goals in back-to-back games at San Jose on October 1 and at home against New York on October 15. His goal against New York was a game-winner that helped Sporting clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He started all three of SKC’s MLS Cup Playoff matches, scoring two goals, each of which came in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Colorado on October 30.
2010: Drafted fourth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City as a member of Generation adidas, Bunbury made 26 appearances in his rookie season. He finished the year with five goals and two assists while making 13 starts. He made his professional debut as a second half substitute on March 27 at home against D.C. United and collected his first assist just more than a month later, setting up a late Kei Kamara goal on May 5 at D.C. United. Bunbury’s first start in MLS came on May 23 against Columbus and he scored his first goal on July 14, tallying the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Crew. He would also score the game-winning goal against Toronto FC on July 31 before tallying in back-to-back games on September 19 and 22 against Chivas USA and Houston. His final goal of the year came on October 12 in a 2-0 win on the road against Chicago in which he also had an assist. All five of his goals in the league came in Kansas City wins. Bunbury, who led MLS in shots-on-goal percentage (.561), putting 23-of-41 shots on frame, scored his first professional goal in his club’s U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Colorado on April 13. He also had an assist in their summer friendly against Manchester United. After the season, he was selected for the Generation adidas team that traveled to Spain, scoring three goals and adding an assist in matches against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid’s reserve squads. He also spent part of his offseason training with Premier League side Stoke City.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Bunbury has been capped four times by the United States since making his international debut in a friendly against South Africa on November 11, 2010. He scored his only international goal against Chile in a friendly on January 22, 2011, converting a penalty in a 1-1 draw. Bunbury’s last two caps came in January 2012, starting in wins over Venezuela and Panama. Against Panama, he tallied the first assist of his international career, setting up Graham Zusi’s game-winning goal. Later that year, he was a member of the U.S. Under-23 team that competed in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
CANADA NATIONAL TEAM
Was a member of the Canadian Under-17 and Under-20 National Teams before choosing to represent the United States.
Played two seasons at college powerhouse Akron, scoring 23 goals and adding eight assists in 45 games under former coach Caleb Porter. As a sophomore in 2009, when he was a teammate of current Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell, Bunbury led the NCAA with 17 goals and won the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top college player, while also garnering first-team All-America honors from the NSCAA and Soccer America. He helped lead the Zips to a pair of MAC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths, including a spot in the 2009 College Cup Final, where they fell on penalties to Virginia, though he did earn a spot on the College Cup All-Tournament Team.