The New England Revolution announced today that they have re-signed forward Teal Bunbury to a multi-year contract. As usual, the details of the deal were not released, because…MLS.
While it took a little while for Bunbury to adjust to life with the Revolution, by the end of his first season with the club he had become one of its most important offensive players, finishing with six goals and eight assists in all competitions. More importantly- in terms of earning a long-term deal with New England- Bunbury remained healthy for the first time since the 2011 season with Kansas City and in doing so showed that he still has a bright future ahead of him- did I mention that he doesn’t turn 25 for another month?
Bunbury was a key player in the club’s run to MLS Cup 2014, registering two goals and two assists in the final seven matches of the regular season and duplicating those numbers in the playoffs. Just as importantly, in the brilliant run of form that followed the signing of World Cup star Jermaine Jones, Bunbury seemed to develop a great connection with Jones and it will be interesting to see what these two can come up with over the course of a full season.
One of four players to play every minute during the club’s postseason run, Bunbury had a goal and an assist in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Columbus, helping the Revs claim a 3-1 win in the game and 7-3 series win on aggregate. Two weeks later, in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against the New York Red Bulls, Bunbury scored to give New England a 1-0 first half lead and then set up Jermaine Jones’ game-winning goal in the 85th minute.
Pre-season training is only a month away!