The Revs announced today that they have acquired forward Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for their natural first-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.
Bunbury, 23, is entering his fifth MLS season after Sporting KC drafted him fourth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. In 89 career games in Kansas City, Bunbury made 48 starts and scored 19 goals and adding seven assists.
“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,” Revs general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “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.”
Following a five-goal, two-assist rookie campaign in 2010, Bunbury scored a career-high nine goals and added a career-best three assists in 2011 while tying for the team lead in goals.
After his breakout sophomore campaign, Bunbury saw limited MLS action in 2012 and 2013 because of international call-ups and injury. He spent much of the early spring 2012 with the U.S. Under-23 (Olympic) team ahead of and during Olympic qualifying, and then suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Sporting KC’s game on Aug. 26, 2012. He later returned to the field on June 12, 2013 in a U.S. Open Cup match, 10 months after the injury.