Sporting Kansas City owner Robb Heineman watched in amazement. Alex Bunbury’s son had made it look so easy, almost too easy, that penalty kick goal.
The calm he showed! On a big stage, no less!
This was January, an exhibition match between the United States men’s soccer team and Chile, and the 21-year-old striker had scored a crucial goal in the 75th minute that cemented a 1-1 draw and saved the U.S. from an embarrassing upset.
And as Teal Bunbury celebrated the goal with teammate Juan Agudelo by doing a popular dance called the “Dougie” — what charisma! — TV announcer Pablo Ramirez spouted a catchphrase amid a sea of incomprehensible Spanish that soon caught on.
“I like that boon-boo-ree, I like that BOON-BOO-REE,” Ramirez yelled to the rhythm of the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow.”
Bingo. Freeze it. This was the flashy moment, Heineman knew, that Teal needed to match his flashy first name and movie-star looks. A moment that would be viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube that could make Teal the Next American Soccer Star.
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