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Teal Bunbury’s “bittersweet” brace lifts New England past the Chicago Fire

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Teal Bunbury was the hero on Sunday night scoring two goals but it was a bittersweet moment as he snuck the ball past his former teammate Bobby Shuttleworth.

MLS: New England Revolution at Chicago Fire Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution walked away with three points and one player in particular had a major impact. Teal Bunbury was the Man of the Match and it was well deserved after he scored his first brace since 2017.

Bunbury got his first of the night when he finished Tommy McNamara’s feed in the third minute. It was a goal that he said, “Caught Chicago off-guard.”

His second tally was the one that everyone is talking about. From well outside of the box, Bunbury sent a ball off of his right foot and it appeared as though the ball had GPS enabled. It landed in the top left corner of the net and gave New England the lead.

That isn’t the only interesting thing about Bunbury’s goals. He scored them against his former teammate Bobby Shuttleworth.

It was a bittersweet moment for for Bunbury, but he was pleased to walk away with the win.

“Bobby’s a close friend of mine,” Bunbury told media. “It’s bittersweet kind of moment for me. He’s my boy and I want to score. Obviously he doesn’t want me to score. It’s a weird feeling but for me it’s about getting a win.”

Shuttleworth spent seven seasons in New England (three with Bunbury). He started in 124 matches and made over 350 saves for the Revolution. In sum, he collected 34 clean sheets.

Although he put two past him on Sunday night, Bunbury wants nothing but the best for his former teammate.

“Bobby’s a great guy, great player,” He said. “He just came off back-to-back shutouts, so I’m really proud with how he’s been playing.”

Of course, Bunbury cares most about grabbing his team full points. The Revs currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, and that has a lot to do with Bunbury’s recent performance.

In fact, 2020 has been a great season for Bunbury. He is 8th in the MLS in goals (4). That’s quite the season for the 30-year-old.