MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City has kept most of its championship-winning team toegther but decided to make a move Wednesday, trading forward Teal Bunbury to the New England Revolution for the Revolution's natural first-round pick in the 2015 draft and allocation money.
“We’ve been very open about our desire to add some additional attacking players to our roster ahead of the season and we believe Teal is a player who can make the sort of impact we need,” New England general manager Michael Burns said in a news release. “He’s a talented, young player who can add a dynamic element to our system, and we’re looking forward to getting him into camp and integrated into our group as soon as possible.”
Bunbury joins a Revolution attack that features young stars like Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe and veterans Lee Nguyen, Charlie Davies and Jerry Bengston but lost Juan Agudelo this offseason after he elected to sign in Europe.
Bunbury, 23, has scored 21 goals in 94 career MLS appearances with Sporting (including playoff matches) but had slipped behind several other forwards in manager Peter Vermes' depth chart after returning from an ACL injury in 2013. He has both American and Canadian citizenship but elected to join the U.S. national team, with which he has four caps.
"Everyone in the organization would like to thank Teal for his contributions on and off the field for Kansas City over the last four years," Vermes said in a news release. "We wish him all the best."
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