Teal Bunbury Out with Torn ACL and Damaged LCL
Prior Lake, Minn. native Teal Bunbury will be sidelined for 6-8 months with a torn ACL and a damaged LCL in his left knee, sustained in Sunday’s match against the Red Bulls.
In that Sunday match, Bunbury used his speed to get around a Red Bulls defender after Graham Zusi played a looping early cross. The Sporting forward was just able to tip the ball up into the air towards Kei Kamara who was making a run to the left of Bunbury. Kamara headed the ball up and over the crowd; it then bounced into the Red Bulls’ goal to open the scoring in the 4th minute of play. Bunbury’s pace allowed him to beat Red Bulls’ Bill Gaudette to the ball but also carried him into the New York goalkeeper. Bunbury can be seen laying on the field after the goal celebration by Sporting KC’s Kamara. (Video after the break)
According to the team’s website, Dr. Scott Luallin, the team’s orthopedic surgeon, will operate on the forward’s knee this Friday.
Bunbury respond to fan support on Twitter yesterday saying, “Thank you all for the get well wishes! It means so much. You guys are the best. Feeling stronger already. God is good, God is great.”
Bunbury has made 22 appearances for Sporting KC this season and has 5 goals and 2 assists in 1,247 minutes played and is tied for 2nd most goals scored on the team.