Bunbury to play for Canada in surprise switch

Bunbury to play for Canada in surprise switch

U.S. Men's National Team

Bunbury to play for Canada in surprise switch

TealBunburyUSA (ISIPhotos.com)

When Teal Bunbury scored his first goal for the U.S. national team in January, it seemed like it would be the first of many national team goals for the Sporting Kansas City striker.

Unfortunately for the U.S. national team, any more international goals Bunbury scores won't be for the United States.

Bunbury has decided to apply to FIFA for a federation switch and will play for Canada, sources told SBI on Friday. Son of legendary Canadian national team star Alex Bunbury, Teal is in Vancouver today and has completed the final paperwork to make the switch back to Canada, which he represented on the youth national team level.

"I had a great time with the guys on the USA team, but my heart was still with Canada," Bunbury told SBI. "I appreciate everything the United States has done for me, but I couldn't really see myself playing against Canada."

The United States and Canada face off in their opening Gold Cup match on June 7th.

Bunbury's decision to play for Canada came in February, after an incident that got the young striker thinking about his decision to play for the United States:

APRIL FOOL'S!

  BunburySmile (ISIPhotos.com)

Sorry folks. Hope you didn't fall too hard. Oh, and sorry Canada.

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