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Bunbury nets in New England Revolution preseason debut

New England Revolution recruit Teal Bunbury made an immediate impression for his new club on the weekend.

The 23-year old striker, who joined from Sporting Kansas City via a trade last week, took just 20 minutes to score on his preseason debut with the Revs in their eventual 3-2 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday.

Bunbury was the recipient of a pass from fellow attacker Diego Fagundez before slotting home to give New England a two-goal first-half lead and he was absolutely delighted with how his debut 45-minute cameo for his new club turned out.

"It felt unbelievable," Bunbury said after the game. "I was so, so excited to be on the field.

"The past couple days of training have been a lot of fun with the guys, but to be able to get in a preseason game and kind of get the feel for how they really play, it's great.

"I'm really loving playing with all those guys. Diego likes to check inside and I can play off of him. Same with Lee Nguyen and Kelyn (Rowe), as well. It's going to be a fun partnership and it's just really exciting."

Bunbury, who scored 22 goals in 102 appearances for SKC, was delighted to be back in action after returning to fitness from a serious knee injury last season.

"It feels great," he added after scoring. "But most importantly it feels good that I'm gaining confidence with the guys.

"That's the biggest thing. Coming to a new team, you want to make sure that you're clicking and you want to make sure that you're working hard for them. It's not all about you; it's learning to get on the same page."

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