Archive for Teal Bunbury

Teal Bunbury “lost” to the USA? It’s not that simple

Posted in Canada, U.S. soccer with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by squizz

Let’s make one thing crystal clear, first off: Teal Bunbury is not the “next” anybody.

He’s not the next oft-injured Englishman, or the next Dutch-but-maybe-Canadian-after-all midfielder, and he’s certainly not the next bench-warming Bosnian goalkeeper.

But he is a Canadian-born kid, son of a Canadian soccer legend, who has accepted a call from the USA, to play in their friendly against South Africa next week.

I won’t lie, my reaction was a hearty “ah, shit”. And, understandably, the announcement has prompted plenty of consternation (not to mention ad hominem attacks) from Canada’s most ardent supporters.

This may not be the end for Teal Bunbury and Canada, though. In fact, oddly enough, it may just be the beginning. Continue reading

Someone get on the phone with Ali Gerba

Posted in Canada, Montreal Impact with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by squizz

Canada head coach Stephen Hart said, after Tuesday’s game against Honduras, that he was planning to fly to Spain to talk to Jonathan de Guzman — presumably in the hopes of luring him back to the Canadian fold.

But if Hart’s looking for someone who can make an immediate impact (get it?) with Les Rouges, he could probably have saved his frequent-flyer miles and just gotten on the phone with Ali Gerba.

Gerba — after a brief, controversy-ridden stint with Toronto FC last season — is back with the Montreal Impact (for the fourth time in his career) and is, to say the least, tearing up the pitch like a party-sized bag of Doritos.

Ha ha, yes, obligatory Gerba fat joke. But the man has seven goals in three games, including two on Tuesday night and a hat trick on August 21. If Canada is looking for someone who can bulge the ol’ onion bag (hint: they are) for their next match, on October 8 in Ukraine, Hart would be foolish not to give Gerba the call. Continue reading

Canada’s future strike force (or, “hope springs eternal”)

Posted in Canada with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by squizz

It’s no secret that the three of us here at Some Canadian Guys are very high on Simeon Jackson, the 23-year-old forward who recently made a move to Norwich City in the English Championship. One of our colleagues (whose love of Ali Gerba is well-documented) suggested that it’s foolhardy to place so much faith in an as-yet-unproven player.

Well then, call me foolhardy, because I’m about to place faith in not one, not two, but three unproven players! Continue reading

Bunbury scores in first start with KC

Posted in Canada, CONCACAF with tags , on April 14, 2010 by Grant

Teal Bunbury scored four minutes into his first start with the Kansas City Wizards in a U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday evening. No, I don’t plan on writing a blog post every time Bunbury scores a goal, but the young striker is something of a great big hope to Canadian supporters so it’s nice to see his pro career begin on a high note.

I’ve not been able to find a video link to the goal, and seeing as there was no television coverage I’m not sure I’ll be able to, but it sounds like he was actually trying to put in a cross rather than a shot on goal. Whatever, if it helps build confidence, fantastic. He has come on as a second-half sub in K.C.’s first two MLS games.

Also of note also in this match was the Kansas City debut of Indian striker Sunil Chhetri. I made several snide remarks when I first read about this signing, mostly along the lines of: Yeah, that’ll get pulses racing in Kansas City, bringing in India’s biggest soccer star. But after seeing the number of readers from India commenting on the Wizards’ live blog of the match, I’m thinking that this kind of exposure can only be a good thing.

It’s Called Football: January 12, 2010

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , on January 12, 2010 by squizz

I stepped in yet again as Ben Knight has come down with another case of the Peterborough Flu. On this show we talk about Landycakes’s role with Everton, the USSF’s “solution” for second-division soccer in 2010 and Teal Bunbury’s winning of the Hermann Trophy as NCAA player — and how it stacks up against O’Brian White’s victory two years ago. Plus, during penalties, Rycroft and I engage in an epic argument about African geography, contemporary terrorism and geopolitics leading up to the 2010 World Cup. Needless to say, I don’t win penalties.

And guest Sean Keay of MLSDraft.net brings us all the latest news and rumours from the MLS combine.

It’s Called Football – January 12 (mp3)

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Teal Bunbury: Officially US College Soccer’s Best

Posted in Canada, MLS, NCAA with tags , , , on January 8, 2010 by Jamie

Yes, it’s true. Teal Bunbury capped off an excellent NCAA soccer season by becoming the first Canadian to win the MAC Hermann Trophy, which everyone keeps referring to as “soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy.”

The University of Akron (that’s in Ohio. And, no, I hadn’t heard of the school before Bunbury starting making good) striker was the most lethal forward in the NCAA this season, potting 19 goals. Bunbury has racked up a few other honours, too, including being named Soccer America’s player of the year. Not too shabby, eh? Continue reading