Nashville SC have acquired attacker Teal Bunbury from the New England Revolution in a trade for up to $150,000 in General Allocation Money, the club announced Sunday. The deal is one of several expected moves in the Major League Soccer half-day transfer window. From the press release:
“Teal is a proven winner who has the pedigree and DNA we look for in members of our club. Not only is he a proven goal threat that is versatile enough to play a number of roles in and around the attack, but he is also an outstanding person who aids a club and community off the field. We feel very fortunate to have him join us.” – Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs
Bunbury, 31, is a 12 year veteran in MLS, with 355 appearances in MLS and US Open Cup, as well as four caps for the US National Team. Primarily a center forward, Bunbury is capable of playing on either wing as well. Bunbury has spent the bulk of his career with the New England Revolution, whom he joined in 2014 after four seasons with Sporting Kansas City.
In 2021, Bunbury scored three goals in 1,286 minutes for New England. Going back to 2013, he’s scored 47 goals, closely on pace with his 52.71 expected goals. Averaging a goal or assist every three matches, he’s been a consistent producer at the MLS level.
With the departure of Jhonder Cádiz and the expected loan of Rodrigo Piñeiro, Bunbury will provide depth at multiple positions for Nashville and could push for starting minutes.
Primarily a substitute for New England, Bunbury should give Nashville a much-needed goal threat off the bench as the club continues to build their attack heading into year three.
We’ll have much more on this signing in the coming days.