I’ll say this for Mike Burns and the rest of the New England Revolution front office and coaching staff- with Juan Agudelo gone and Saer Sene unlikely to be ready for the start of the season coming off of his horrific broken ankle they have left no stone unturned in their efforts to not only replace Agudelo, but to bring more general “punch” to the club’s offense.
They drafted two offensively-minded players in the SuperDraft- forward Patrick Mullins and midfielder Steve Neumann. They drafted D-II phenom Pierre Omanga out of Southern New Hampshire University. They re-signed Charlie Davies. They brought former (and hopefully future) Belgian international forward Marvin Ogunjimi in to their pre-season camp. And today they traded a 1st round draft pick in 2015 and cash for Sporting Kansas City and former (and hopefully future) USMNT player Teal Bunbury.
Bunbury was supposed to be the “next big thing” when he joined both SKC and MLS at the tender age of 19, but a combination of injuries, being away for various USMNT and age group national team camps, a dip in form, the emergence of other forwards at SKC (Kamara, Sapong, Dwyer, etc.), and perhaps, just perhaps, the need to do a little “growing up” kept him from ever having the expected impact. That being said, Bunbury is now healthy, still only 23, and surely has a little something to prove in the game.
No, he is not the young, glamorous, in-form Designated Player that I dream about the Revolution signing, but he is young, has great ability, and is relatively costly (by New England Revolution standards) and his acquisition is the most bold and ambitious move that the Revolution’s front office has made in recent years- maybe ever.
Now, if they could only unload Jerry Bengston.