“This is my 10th year,” Bunbury said. “I’ve had ups and downs and injuries. I’ve scored. I haven’t scored. I don’t sit there and think, ‘Okay it’s been three games, three-and-a-half games since [I’ve scored].’ No, for me, it’s all about the next game and the next chance.”
“I think he’s by nature a very positive person, so I don’t think he gets too down,” Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said of Bunbury. “He has a very level head and certainly, I think he realizes he’s not going to score a goal every game from here on in and end up with 30 goals for the year.”
Bunbury has embraced and flourished under Arena, who has deployed the 29-year-old as both a center forward and on the right wing.
When Bunbury is playing out wide, he's taking on defenders and looking to get behind them; as a center forward, his focus is hold-up play and getting into the penalty area.
“I know what areas to exploit,” Bunbury said.
On June 29 against the Houston Dynamo, Bunbury entered as a substitute in the 61st minute at right wing in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The Revs started the game in a 4-4-2 diamond but scuttled it at halftime and scored two second-half goals in a 2-1 win, including Bunbury’s stoppage-time winner.
During his recent run of scoring, Bunbury has evenly split his tallies between positions: thrice as a center forward and thrice at right wing. Bunbury’s next chance to break this deadlock is Wednesday, when the Revs play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7 pm ET | TSN 1/3, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US).
“Right now, goals are coming and who knows what it could be a month from now,” Bunbury said. “Obviously, I want to continue to try to produce, but I always say I just I'm going to work hard.
“I want to soak the game up as much as I can; I want to be in the right spots. I think all those things help put me in the best position to try to score goals, to try to get assists. Hopefully, I can continue to do that."