Teal Bunbury made his USA debut Nov. 17 in 1-0 win at South Africa.

Weekly Update: Bunbury Stars in Spain

SPORTING KANSAS CITY STRIKER TEAL BUNBURY SHINES WITH GENERATION ADIDAS TEAM ON TRIP TO SPAIN:

Sporting Kansas City striker Teal Bunbury was one of 19 players selected to the Generation Adidas team, coached by FC Dallas Manager Schellas Hyndman, which just concluded a series of friendlies against La Liga reserve teams in Spain. The Sporting Kansas City striker starred in the three games, scoring three goals and tallying an assist, in leading the GA team to a 3-0 record.

Bunbury and his Generation Adidas teammates arrived in Madrid on Tuesday, November 30th, and Sporting Kansas City striker started and scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 victory last Thursday against Real Madrid’s reserve team. This past Tuesday, Bunbury started and played the full 90 minutes in the Generation Adidas team’s 1-0 victory over the Rayo Vallecano FC reserve team. Bunbury shined again in today’s match, scoring two goals and providing an assist after coming on at halftime in the Generation Adidas team’s 4-1 victory over the Atletico Madrid reserve squad.

During the trip, the Generation Adidas team also attended a La Liga match and a UEFA Champions League fixture. The GA team will be returning to the United States tomorrow.

For Bunbury, this stellar trip to Spain is yet another impressive accomplishment after a solid rookie season that saw him score five goals and tally two assists for Kansas City, after being drafted 4th overall out of Akron in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He also recently earned his first international appearance, coming on at halftime of the United States National Team’s 1-0 victory over South Africa last month.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY LOSES DEFENDER AARON HOHLBEIN IN STAGE 1 OF MLS RE-ENTRY PROCESS:

Stage 1 of Major League Soccer’s Re-Entry Process took place earlier this afternoon, and Sporting Kansas City defender Aaron Hohlbein was selected by the Columbus Crew. Since Hohlbein was out of contract, the Crew now must extend him a Bona Fide Offer, and Hohlbein will then have the option to accept or reject that offer. Should the Bona Fide Offer be rejected, Columbus would hold the right of first refusal for Hohlbein in MLS.

Kansas City originally selected Hohlbein with the third overall pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft, and the former Wisconsin-Madison defender appeared in five MLS games (four starts) in his rookie season. During his time in Kansas City, Hohlbein appeared in 43 games (41 starts) and tallied two goals and one assist.

The 25-year old defender saw his most playing time during the 2009 season, when he appeared in 22 MLS games (all starts). In 2010, Hohlbein played in only two MLS games (one start) for Kansas City, and was loaned to Miami FC of the USSF D-2 Pro League in August for the remainder of their season.

Three Sporting Kansas City players were available for selection in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process – defenders Jimmy Conrad and Hohlbein, and forward Josh Wolff. Conrad and Wolff were not selected in today’s re-entry draft, and Sporting Kansas City did not select any available players.

Since Conrad and Wolff were not selected today, they will now have the opportunity to negotiate a new contract and sign with Sporting Kansas City through 1:00 p.m. CT on December 13th.

Should the players not sign new contracts with Sporting prior to that deadline, Conrad and Wolff will again be available for selection in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process on Wednesday, December 15th.

In Stage 2, clubs may again select from players that are under contract and those not under contract. If a player is not under contract, the drafting club will be required to make a genuine offer to the player within seven days. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached between the drafting club and an out-of-contract player, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Clubs may select their own players in Stage 2 only after all other clubs have declined to select those players.

If a player is not selected in either stage of the Re-Entry Process, that player will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all clubs.

SEAT SELECTION UNDERWAY FOR 2011 SEASON TICKET MEMBERS:

Sporting Kansas City began the seat selection process on Tuesday for 2011 season ticket members. This was the first opportunity for members to choose their seats in the team’s new state-of-the-art stadium, and members who had already placed their $50 deposit on 2011 season tickets were the first people allowed to select their specific seats.

Members have the choice between conducting the seat selection process online or over the phone, and in the spring, members will have the opportunity to tour the new stadium and sit in their seats for the first time.

Sporting Kansas City continues to accept initial payments for season tickets for the 2011 season, beginning at $14-per-seat for the Member’s Stand ($280 total for 20 games) and ranging to $40-per-seat for the West Stand. Additional club and suite options are also available.

Fans can still reserve their spot in the seat selection process by placing a $50 deposit per seat, which will be applied to the cost of 2011 season tickets. Fans can put down their deposit by visiting sportingkc.com or calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

HOME GROWN PLAYER JON KEMPIN JOINS U.S. UNDER-18 NATIONAL TEAM:

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin, the team’s first Home Grown Player, was selected to the U.S. Under-18 National Team this week for an upcoming three-game tournament in Tel Aviv.

The U-18 National Team will take on host Israel, Germany and France from Dec. 10-18. The U.S. will play Germany on Dec. 13, France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16. U.S. head coach Mike Matkovich will bring 20 players to Tel Aviv, including 17 Development Academy players, with two professionals in Kempin and midfielder Victor Pineda from the Chicago Fire. Kempin recently returned from the Torneo de las Americas where he helped the U.S. U-20 MNT to a pair of draws against Colombia and Mexico.

Kempin started both matches for the U-20 team and played every minute in the tournament, a round-robin invitational. Kempin made six saves against Colombia in his first-ever appearance for the under-20 team, as the United States fell 3-1 in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in regulation. Two days later, Kempin recorded eight more saves in another 1-1 draw before the United States dropped a 4-2 penalty kick shootout against Mexico.

 
THREE SPORTING KANSAS CITY PLAYERS PARTICIPATE IN 2010 CARIBBEAN CUP

Three players from Sporting Kansas City’s 2010 roster participated in the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup, which concluded last weekend in Martinique. Defender Shavar Thomas (Jamaica) and midfielders Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe) and Craig Rocastle (Grenada) all represented their respective National Teams in the CONCACAF competition.

Thomas captained Jamaica to the tournament title, as the Reggae Boyz defeated Guadeloupe, captained by Stephane Auvray, in penalty kicks in the tournament final. For Jamaica, it was their second-straight Caribbean Cup tournament title.

The top four teams in the Caribbean Cup’s eight-team final round qualified for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, to be held in the United States in June of 2011. All of the teams led by Sporting Kansas City players advanced to next year’s Gold Cup - Jamaica, Guadeloupe and Grenada, and Cuba also advanced.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE AT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS AND ONLINE:

Sporting Kansas City merchandise can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as online at MLSgear.com. Dick’s Sporting Goods launched the first line of Sporting Kansas City short-sleeve t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts following the team’s announcement of their new look last month. Additionally, Sporting Kansas City supporters and holiday shoppers can visit the official online store of Major League Soccer for scarves and hats with the new logo and Sporting Blue color.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY LOOKS AHEAD TO HISTORIC 2011 SEASON:
Sporting Kansas City will welcome Mexican international Omar Bravo as the team’s second-ever Designated Player and will move into a new state-of-the-art soccer stadium, currently under construction at Village West in Kansas City, Kansas, as the team prepares for a highly-anticipated 2011 season.

Sporting Kansas City is accepting initial payments for 2011 season tickets, beginning at $14-per-seat for the Member’s Stand ($280 total for 20 games) and ranging to $40-per-seat for the West Stand. Additional club and suite options are also available. Fans can reserve their spot in the seat selection process, which began on Tuesday, by placing a $50 deposit per seat, which will be applied to the cost of 2011 season tickets. Deposits can by placed online by visiting sportingkc.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

The 2011 season will feature 34 regular season games, with MLS First Kick scheduled for the weekend of March 19 and regular season action continuing until October 22. The 16th season of Major League Soccer will feature the introduction of two new teams, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers.

The 2011 soccer season will also feature the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, with the winner qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. The United States is an automatic qualifier for the 12-team tournament. Shavar Thomas, Roger Espinoza, Jimmy Conrad, Davy Arnaud, Stephane Auvray and Omar Bravo all participated in the 2009 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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