Friday, February 4, 2011

Teal Bunbury Files FIFA Switch to USA

It has been reported that Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury has formally filed his one-time switch with FIFA that will now permanently switch him to the United States national team. Bunbury had previously represented Canada at the youth team levels.

Bunbury has played in two friendlies for the US but needed to make the switch before playing in any official games. This would make him eligible to play in the Gold Cup, the Olympics and World Cup Qualifiers.

Despite having limited playing time early in his rookie year, Bunbury increasingly found time through the season, eventually winning a consistent starting spot. In the off season Teal joined the US side that defeated South Africa at home and played the second half.

Bunbury was with the MLS Generation Adidas team that defeated 3 La Liga reserve teams in December. Teal had 3 goals and an assist in those games and his performance was consistently praised.

On his way home, he had a short training stint with Stoke City where he scored another goal for their reserves.

Upon returning to the states, Bunbury joined the US National Team camp in preparation for their friendly with Chile. Teal came off the bench in the 60th minute and ended up scoring the equalizing goal on a penalty kick. The goal call has become a bit of a sensation now and has helped boost Bunbury's popularity with Sporting Kansas City and US National Team fans alike.

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