Born on February 27, 1990, Teal Banbury is a Canadian-born American soccer player who plays for the Kansas City major leagues. He also plays for the US men’s national soccer team. Bunbury started playing soccer young, due to his father, Alex Bunbury, who was a former professional soccer player, traveling with his father as he played in England and in Portugal.
Bunbury played college soccer while attending the University of Akron. Still in his second year, Bunbury started 25 games for the Zips, among them the 2009 Division I Men’s College Cup final. He scored a total of 17 goals for the year, making him the lead scorer in goals in the national team. He was also leading in shots and tied with Darlington Nagbe in winning goals. He was awarded the Mid-American Conference’s Player of the Week three times, the Top Drawer Soccer’s national Team of the Week, and the Hermann Trophy Award in 2009. Teal also played for the Rochester Thunder in the USL Premier Development League and the Chicago Fire Premier.
Bunbury signed with Generation Adidas after two years playing for the Zips, and made his professional debut on March 27, 2010 in the game against D.C. United. He scored his first goal on April 13, 2010 against the Colorado Rapids in the US Open Cup. Bunbury has also played for Canadian national teams, among them the U-17 and U-20 teams. However, he joined the full USA team on November 11, 2010 to face off against South Africa. He earned his first cap with the US team on November 17, coming in as a sub at half-time during the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup.