First on New England forward Teal Bunbury. The Prior Lake native has been playing in MLS since 2010. But 2018 is turning out to be his career year. The forward has already scored a team-high 10 goals this year, which is tied for fifth-best in the league and has already eclipsed Bunbury’s career high of nine, which he achieved back in 2011 with Sporting Kansas City.
“Reading between the lines, I think he’s got a lot of belief out of Brad [Friedel, New England coach],” United coach Adrian Heath said. “He’s always been really strong athletically. He was actually one of the first kids I ever saw when I arrived in America. I think he was playing for Shattuck[-St. Mary's] at the time, and I saw him in the Dallas Cup, and I thought, ‘Who’s this kid? He looks as though he’s got something about him.’”
Heath also called Bunbury big and strong and joked that United academy director Tim Carter brags he taught Bunbury everything he knows, since Carter coached him at Shattuck.
And here's some extra stuff from Mia Hamm, the U.S. women's national team legend who spoke pregame.
Hamm, an LAFC owner, also praised both LAFC coach Bob Bradley and U.S. women’s coach Jill Ellis for their ability to integrate young players into their teams and develop them. That's something Heath has struggled to do this year with no reserve team.
The former forward also shared her biggest advice to young players, which is to “play hard every minute and “if you see something, pick it up” when referring to training equipment. She said that shows coaches the player is committed to the team, not just his or her own needs.
Rewatch my Facebook Live below or click here. Also enjoy a video from Heath's postgame presser as well as a video of Hamm.