24 Under 24: #5 Teal Bunbury, Sporting Kansas City
|Tale of the Tape|
|Matches played: 25|
|Matches started: 16|
#5. Teal Bunbury
Pos: F | Sporting KC | Age: 21
Although the numbers may look very similar to last year, Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury has taken a major leap forward this season. For a 21-year-old who experienced the taste of immediate stardom last year, accompanied by national team call-ups, overseas offers and TV spots, Bunbury had to work through the toughest stretch of his pro career. A shoo-in starter to start 2011, he was benched and saw only three starts during a stretch of 12 league games. But he has since emerged to regain his spot among Sporting’s regulars, giving off the distinct impression that his best is yet to come.
What the TDs and coaches say: “Great talent and with big upside … Strong, athletic player. Technically very adequate … Has all the physical tools to be one of the best players … Finishing is good and he has lots of self-belief … Positionally a little naïve … Has to work on his consistency from game to game and show the same work ethic. That comes with maturity as a player … He has to take care of is his temperament. He’s too aggressive sometimes and needs to be smarter.”