Sporting Kansas City traded forward Teal Bunbury to New England on Wednesday for allocation money and the Revolution's first-round pick in next year's MLS SuperDraft.
Bunbury took to Twitter to say he was excited to join the Revolution.
He also tweeted that he was thankful to the fans in Kansas City for embracing him during his time with the team.
That being said I am so thankful and blessed for the time I had in Kansas City. All the fans showed me nothing but love through everything….— Teal Bunbury (@TealBunB) February 19, 2014
Bunbury was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft and has scored 21 goals with seven assists in 94 MLS games. Bunbury tore his ACL two years ago and returned to the field last season, helping Sporting KC win its first MLS Cup championship since 2000.
“We’ve been very open about our desire to add some additional attacking players to our roster ahead of the season and we believe Teal is a player who can make the sort of impact we need,” New England general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “He’s a talented, young player who can add a dynamic element to our system, and we’re looking forward to getting him into camp and integrated into our group as soon as possible.”
The 23-year-old Bunbury also has made four appearances with the U.S. men's national team.
Sporting KC now has two first-round picks in next year's draft. The allocation money can be used to sign players new to MLS, re-signing an existing MLS player or buy down a player's salary budget charge below the league maximum of $368,750.
"Everyone in the organization would like to thank Teal for his contributions on and off the field for Kansas City over the last four years,” Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. “We wish him all the best."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.