Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury was injured today during a pre-season game with the Houston Dynamo. Following a rough challenge from Dynamo defender Andrew Hainault, Bunbury landed on his arm. According to MLSsoccer.com's Jason Saghini, he went down screaming.
The team reported later that Bunbury suffered a dislocated elbow and will miss 2-4 weeks. No bones were broken. It was a final, sour note on the team's first-stage of pre-season training.
Houston defeated KC 3-1 after lengthy stoppage for the injury. The Dynamo got on the board after a Daneil Cyrus own goal in the first 30-minute session. Jason Garey added a penalty kick before Bunbury's injury. In the last session, Hainault scored before Chance Myers got one back for Sporting in the 85th minute.
Sporting then used a mixed squad for a second scrimmage against the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, currently in training camp in Arizona. U-18’s midfielder Khiry Shelton scored the game’s lone goal in the 14th minute as U.S. youth team held on to the 1-0 lead for the remaining 45 minutes despite an offensive onslaught from KC.
The team is headed back to Kansas City and will be here until Monday. Then they'll resume training in Phoenix.