Teal Bunbury

Sporting Kansas City's strong striker talks growing up with a talented father, friendship, and faith.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF SOCCER?

My earliest memory was watching my dad [Alex Bunbury] play when we lived in Portugal. I was six when he was playing for Maritimo and that's where my passion for the game started.

WHO WAS YOUR SOCCER HERO GROWING UP?

My soccer hero growing up was my dad. I wanted to emulate everything that he did. I also looked up to Thierry Henry.

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE SUITING UP FOR THE U.S.

My first time suiting up for the National Team was an amazing feeling. I hadn't felt anything like it before. I felt honored to play for my country. Playing against South Africa was a one of a kind experience. The stadium, the vuvuzelas… the opportunity was truly a blessing.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A SOCCER PLAYER?

The quality I most admire in a soccer player is their commitment to get better and not settle for mediocrity.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST DISLIKE IN AN OPPONENT?

The quality I most dislike in a soccer player is a quitter.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SOCCER SUCCESS?

The key to my success would be the opportunity I have to maximize my potential that God has given me and to do it for His glory.

WHAT IS ONE SOCCER SKILL YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?

I want to improve on my heading.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT?

My dad has had the greatest influence of my development.

WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN THE GAME?

I have a lot of close friends but Darlington Nagbe would have to be my closest friend.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER ACHIEVEMENT?

My greatest soccer achievement would be getting caps with the national team.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER DISAPPOINTMENT?

My biggest soccer disappointment would be not qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM THE GAME?

The most important lesson I've learned is to play every game like it’s your last, and to have fun. Enjoyment of the game is key.

WHO ARE THE MOST TALENTED TEAMMATES YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?

My whole Sporting KC team is full of talented players.

WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS YOU HAVE LINED UP AGAINST?

Thierry Henry is probably the best player I have played against.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

If I wasn't a soccer player I would be mentoring and helping kids with the game and incorporating my Faith in The Lord as a foundation.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN THE GAME?

My definition of success in the game is doing everything in your power to become the best player you can be. [You] might not be the best or win the most championships but to consistently give it your all [is the most important thing].

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