MLS Preseason Tracker: Teal Bunbury touches down in Tucson, talks New England Revolution move

The intensity is gradually ratcheting up as MLS preseason training continues at a variety of locations around the world. Catch all the other news and updates from MLS training camps below. And for the entire February preseason schedule, click here.


BUNBURY DISCUSSES REVOLUTION MOVE: Teal Bunbury has had a whirlwind few days. He was a member of defending champion Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, but was traded to the New England Revolution and had to fly from Orlando, Fla., to Tucson, Ariz., to join his new club for preseason preparations.

Bunbury discussed his hectic couple of days and also shared his excitement about joining New England in the video below. Oh, and he picked his jersey number, too.


KOBAYASHI TRAINING WITH REVS: Speaking of New England, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday that midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, who played for the 'Caps in 2013 but is currently out of contract, has left their training camp ahead of the Rose City Invitational tournament in Portland and is now training with the Revolution in Arizona

Though the Japanese playmaker isn't under contract, the Whitecaps note they own his MLS rights. So if the new arrangement works out, we may see a deal between these clubs at some point.


BESLER, EVANS ON BLOOMBERG: Matt Besler and Brad Evans were guests on Bloomberg TV earlier this week to talk about the state of the league and its growth ahead of its 19th season. The two US national team stars touched on several topics, including the impacts David Beckham and Landon Donovan have had on the league.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Columbus Crew only just signed Costa Rican international center back Giancarlo Gonzalez, but he has already received a warm welcome at the club.

Gonzalez's international and now club teammates, Jairo Arrieta and Waylon Francis, greeted him at training on Friday. Afterward, the three Ticos posed for a photo.



TALKING PROGRESS: The New York Red Bulls may have won just one of three preseason games thus far and scored just two goals, but that's not stopping them from believing that significant strides have been taken ahead of the fast-approaching season.
 
Red Bulls assistant head coach Robin Fraser and midfielder Lloyd Sam discussed the club's preseason progress as well as their recent 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in the video below:

POWERS MAKES RAPIDS RETURN: The Colorado Rapids received some good news earlier this week, as 2013 Rookie of the Year Dillon Powers made his return to full training.

Powers was medically cleared to resume practice without any restrictions after suffering a concussion late last season. The young midfielder talked about the long recovery from the concussion, where his fitness stands ahead of the upcoming campaign and more in an interview on the Rapids podcast.

You can give the full interview a listen here.


WHITECAPS HEAD TO PORTLAND: The Vancouver Whitecaps will head to Portland, Ore., on Friday for the final stage of their preseason preparations. The Whitecaps are set to take part in the Timbers' Rose City Invitational, and Vancouver's first match will be on Sunday against Jamaican National Premier League club Portmore United.

The Whitecaps will then face the San Jose Earthquakes on February 26 before closing out the 2014 preseason with a match against Portland on March 1. All those matches will be streamed live on WhitecapsFC.com.


 
GUESS WHO'S BACK: Raul Fernandez put smiles on the faces of FC Dallas' coaching staff, as the Peruvian goalkeeper returned to training on Friday.

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