You've probably already heard that Sporting KC made its biggest offseason move on Wednesday by trading former first-round draft pick Teal Bunbury to New England.
The Kansas City Star
While it was sort of a Twitter tradition to hashtag "#dammitteal" during games -- often because Bunbury's first touch would escape him -- he was Kansas City's co-leading scorer in 2011 and, before an ACL injury in 2012, was starting to really come on for KC.
The move makes sense on several levels. As I wrote earlier, playing time was going to be hard to come by for someone this season as there's a hefty logjam at all three forward spots. Also, Bunbury was a rather expensive player given his position on the depth chart (I'm guessing he was third behind Claudio Bieler and Dom Dwyer).
So, Kansas City gets a first round draft pick next year and New England gets a young forward (Teal's only 23) with a lot prove.
Before this gets too far away from us, let's look back at the most notable moments for the first son of a former MLS player to appear in an MLS game. (His dad, Alex, was a former Wizard.)
Here are five of my favorite Bunbury goals during his four-year stint in Kansas City.
5: Goal #1
Let's start with Bunbury's first-ever MLS goal. It was against Columbus way back in 2010 and put a three-game losing streak (and 339-minute scoreless streak). Bunbury would score many of his goals in this exact fashion: Running by his opponent.
Pause for a second and let's go back in time. Who had the assist on that goal? Ryan Smith. Amazing. Also amazing: Only two players in the Match Day 18 that game (Graham Zusi and Eric Kronberg) are still on the roster today. Things have really, really changed. (It's worth noting that current Kansas City goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was the backup for the Crew this game.)
Also: DAVE BORCHARDT!
4: Who's gonna score against Colorado now?
Bunbury had a few multi-goal games in his Kansas City career. Two of those games came against the Colorado Rapids. None more important than in 2011 when he put SKC in the driver's seat in the playoffs with two road goals.
He added a penalty kick in the second half, but really he should've had a hat trick that game.
Then, in 2012, he put another double on the Rapids. Also in Colorado.
It was like his touch and speed were amplified in the thin Colorado air. (Good luck on that turf in New England Teal. Seriously. Good luck. Turf is tough on the knees.)
3. The Bobblehead goal
In 2011, Bunbury helped KC rescue a late point (against the team he now plays for... whoa, foreshadowing) with an 89th-minute goal. Coincidentally, the goal came on Teal Bunbury bobblehead night. Of course he did a bobblehead celebration.
The available videos of it online great, so thankfully, Bunbury himself did a re-enactment that's more than excellent.
2. These Two Goals
If you need to encapsulate the essence of a Teal Bunbury goal, it's hard to do it any better than this pair of goals from a match against in 2011. It's not just that he was fast, but he was fast and strong. He could get to the spot he needed to be at AND hold off the guy chasing him.
The first goal is at 0:48 and the second is at 4:43. The bonus this video, it's the version that had no audio. The crowd roar is AMAZING for the first goal.
1. "I Like That Boonbureee!"
The goal, well, the announcer's call, that made Teal's career. It's basically not much as a goal itself (a simple, well taken penalty kick). But, what happens next is pretty amazing.