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:


  BunburySmile (ISIPhotos.com)

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

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168 Responses to Bunbury to play for Canada in surprise switch

  1. Brian says:

    April Fools. I’m not that stupid

  2. Dancy says:

    I am

  3. emanuel says:

    not cool

  4. wides in MN says:

    Wow… totally got me! I was super bummed, and apparently very oblivious to April 1.

  5. Jolivernyc says:

    This was your best yet. Way better than Nowak coming out of retirement. Well done sir.

  6. John says:

    Well played SBI

  7. pooperscooper says:

    that definitely got me, well done!

  8. Joel says:

    Nice one. Even though I expect it, I can’t wait every year to see what you come up with! Keep up the good work Ives.

  9. widjet says:


    I bought it hook, line and sinker!! Good one Ives.

  10. Mikey says:

    Damn you Ives!! lol

  11. JC says:

    Hate you Ives for the next 24 hrs

  12. Juilo says:

    Pretty lame joke Ives. I already knew it was BS. That Bruce Arena one a couple of years ago was much better.

  13. Me too…(I feel so ashamed – I let my guard down)

  14. ec says:

    yup, that was the first one all day got me, although i was passionately hoping richard branson’s claim that he bought pluto and restored its status as a planet was true.

  15. Dude Guy says:

    Yep. Not cool. Either be a credible news site, or don’t be.

    (Cue the peanut gallery to pile in telling people to loosen up, learn how to take a joke, etc. — which will completely miss the point.)

    (SBI-Relax. All sorts of news outlets do April Fool’s jokes. We’ve done one every year since we launched.)

  16. Hood Rich says:


  17. CrispyST3 says:

    Lol i already knew this was gna be an April fools joke, but i was eager to see how many people fell for it haha. I must admit tho this was you best one

  18. Jon says:

    Wow. This was the first one that really got me today. Well done Ives.

  19. Stevie Janowski says:

    HOF April Fools

  20. Ben S. says:

    Evil Ives…

  21. SeaOtter says:

    Something like “Najar to get his citizenship 6 months!” would’ve been better.

    That would’ve gotten the speculation going.

  22. Ceez says:

    Wow. I usually saw these coming over the years, Ives. I totally fell for this sh*it. GRR!

  23. Andrew says:

    Har har

  24. Ceez says:

    It’s a joke. Loosen up. Damn.

  25. Adam says:

    I was waiting for your usual April Fool’s joke.

  26. Matt S says:

    Would’ve got me if it was a player I cared about… <_< weak attempt at an April Fools joke

  27. Soncho says:

    SBI is infotainment

  28. Mango says:

    Does anyone know if the BigSoccer outage is some kind of prank, or is it really down?

  29. kydetwsoc says:

    lol, well played, still not as good as Bruce Arena taking over EL TRI

    (SBI-That was my masterpiece. Doubt we’ll ever top that one, but we’ll keep trying.)

  30. Ben says:

    Already was prepped for this one…Bedoya tweeted yesterday that he was signing with MLS. Glad it drew some folks offside.

  31. werner says:

    you had me yell no way, but then instantly remembered today!

  32. Louis Z says:

    You got me!

  33. ga-gone says:

    You are boring.

  34. get it says:

    me too! haha

  35. Jeffrey Kean says:

    Was completely fooled -nice work.

  36. Bill says:

    Wow – got me. I was pissed and laughing within seconds.

  37. BCC says:

    Very nice.

    I thought it made sense given the emergence of Agudelo — maybe Bunbury thought that the USMNT had developed some depth at striker. He would have been extremely wrong, but . . .

  38. wilbur06 says:

    BBC does annual april fools jokes and I think they are a pretty credible news site.

  39. Idahosa says:

    lol i knew it when i started reading it, i thought to myself today is the first of april lmao and just knew teal didnt switch haha u didnt get me ives…. u really didnt but u got some others so good job man

  40. peter says:

    Yes, April Fools. The 1 day a year where people with year long bad schtick celebrate their own hilarity.

    (SBI-And the day of the year when people with no sense of humor thumb their noses at the rest of us.)

  41. Mike in Missouri says:

    I need to send Ives my medical bill after the heart attack I just had (until I looked at the calendar.)

  42. Nah, the best one still has to be the “Bruce Arena to become Mexico coach” ‘report’ from a few years ago. That one was so believable.

  43. nf says:

    What kind of wanker posts an April Fools joke after noon?

    (SBI-The kind that wants to lull people into a false sense of security. Worked, didn’t it? Haha.)

  44. jh says:

    You fiend.

  45. did you see the guy who tweeted that he may never forgive bedoya for it? i start laughing like no other.

  46. Derek says:

    Hook in my mouth, but PHEW!

  47. gerald says:

    Good one Ives

    The weather forcast on Channel 5 here in NY had 80 degree weather for the weeknd

  48. JR says:

    you had me at “hello” :)

  49. Oni says:

    And here I was starting to think FIFA made another new rule about switching national teams.

    Much better than the BigSoccer one.

  50. Robert Daniels says:

    +100000 My heart sank there for a minute. I bought it. The Canadian fans must be pissed!

  51. Redneck says:

    Awesome. Totally awesome.

  52. emanuel says:

    I wrote “not cool” with a big smile on my face. Don’t link me with Dude guy

  53. Bryan says:

    Damn, I forgot it was April 1st.

  54. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I hate you

  55. Marty says:

    I fell for this badly…

  56. Bill says:


    totally bought it. Nice one, Ives!

  57. Matador says:

    Well, at first I was like WHAT but then a second later I was like April’s Fools Duh !!! Good one though

  58. TyrannicalWriters says:

    So.. what happens if Teal really does switch in the near future.. does Ives get props for calling it?

    (SBI-I spoke to his people before posting this. I cover my bases, made sure something like this wasn’t actually going to happen.)

  59. NC soccer guy says:

    Haha, totally got me. Well done, sir. Thank goodness it isn’t true.

  60. BSU SC says:

    Every year I know this is coming and every year I still fall for it. Well done yet again, Ives.

  61. Mr. Beef says:

    the joke is on bunbury..he is still a wiz.

  62. Wow. I nearly spiked my laptop. If it weren’t for an empty can sitting next to me, she would have been gone forever. Wow.

  63. Been reading/watching April Fools jokes all day…then watch three episodes of Parks & Rec and somehow forget what day it is…well played Ives, well played.

  64. Tomas says:

    Not gonna lie lol… Got me

  65. Jason B says:

    Dang, I was just about to comment “WTF?”. I bought it big time.

  66. KC fan says:

    KC pulled a big April Fools joke on Michael Harrington last year….maybe they tried to pull this off on Teal this year. As far as him being a joke…..nope, he is still the REAL DEAL. Just ask Vancouver after this weekend.

  67. John says:

    Can anybody confirm the DeRo to NY trade for Tchani and Borman?

  68. fs says:

    HAHA canada pshaw

  69. Bobby says:

    I would have gone with “Agudelo switches to play for Colombia.” I think that one is still in the (incredibly unlikely) realm of possibility since he has only played in friendlies and Bunbury couldn’t do it since he filed the one-time switch.

  70. BellusLudas says:

    Well done Ives…hook, line & sinker :-)

  71. chewp says:

    Well done sir, well done.

  72. HoboMike says:

    Yup, I talked to both of them and they’re livid, eh?

  73. KC fan says:

    Teal is in fact in Vancouver today…..but only to score a hat trick against the Caps on Saturday. :)

  74. Zoti says:

    Got me :)

  75. RSLfan says:

    I was fooled too. Poor Poor Canadians who fell for it must be heartbreaking…

  76. Joe says:

    Well played Ives! You are a worthy adversary.

  77. KungFuSoccer says:

    God I am stupid. There is no such thing as a legendary Canadian soccer star.

  78. sarnold says:

    I’m glad I remembered to look out for the Ives April fools joke this year.

    You should throw in some rediculous details toward the end of the story to make it funnier. Something like he got in a fist fight with Jaun Agudelo over playing time or that this was because Bradley had told him he was going to be switched to defense on the national team.

  79. hc says:

    Very very good and very credible. Excuse me but I have to go change my underwear.

  80. korey says:

    You got me. I was about to say to Bunbury, “have fun watching the world cup on t.v.”

  81. AME says:

    WOW…fell for it.

  82. inkedAG says:

    Nice one. I almost bought it but it was a bit too ridiculous. :)

  83. GunneRR says:

    Almost choked on my sandwich. You got me. (I would have choked had it been Agudelo playing for Colombia . . .)

    And for all you whiners — how about a sense of humor?!?

  84. Pedrinho says:

    ope.. caught me slippin! LMAO

  85. inkedAG says:

    Nice. But then they had a few Labatt’s and calmed down.

  86. GSScasual says:

    I wish him best of luck.. but i hope he realized that he is all but sealing his fate to never play a world cup match. i hope i am wrong, after all .. my dislike for canada has greatly diminished over the past year…

  87. Illegal Alien says:

    Couldn’t care less….he is not that good.

  88. Joamiq says:

    Ha, I was waiting for the SBI April Fool’s joke. Nicely done, my man

  89. me says:

    its also an april fools. don’t believe the interlies.

  90. GSScasual says:

    ^^^ dumb! I guess i should read

  91. Ray Tango says:

    Not cool. Haha! Good one. Is he really not that good? I thought him and Agudelo paired up top looked rather threatening. Thought?

  92. Dude Guy says:

    “(SBI-Relax. All sorts of news outlets do April Fool’s jokes. We’ve done one every year since we launched.)”

    Thanks for the personal reply, Ives. Hey, it’s your site; you can do what you want. I just think it’s damaging to a journalist’s brand.

    The DeRo scoop you just got? Nobody trusted it. You had to explicitly point out that it wasn’t a joke. That’s because you’d already shown us what you look like when you’re inventing stuff. And I just don’t think a journalist should ever show people that he knows how to invent stuff.

    It’s subtle damage to one’s brand, but it’s damage nevertheless.

  93. Matt Snyder says:

    Well played Ives…..very well done.

    I HAD to look adn read the rest of the story and about the “incident”…….and was pleasantly surprised to be FOOLED !

    Well done!

  94. It’s not even April 1 here in Thailand, not that I thought of it yesterday either. 100% hook, line, and sinker. For about 30 seconds, I hated the kid.

  95. dman says:

    Dude Guy……..It’s April 1st you have to think that way for anything.

    Go back and blame humanity for accepting the current calendar

  96. mexicanbluefish says:


  97. OptimistPrimer says:

    Dude. If you’ve ever cracked a smile during Special One TV, or You Write the Caption… you know that SBI is as much about entertaining as it is delivering excellent football journalism. Lighten up, man

  98. A says:

    You know what’s really sad?

    If Bradley shuns him, this could actually happen.

  99. Andre says:

    Hell yes. That one got me so badly ahhaha

  100. Got me — and after I read that the BroxnCorba tweeter was going to get a $2 Millon book deal. Glad we won’t miss the BUN_BURRR_REE!

  101. Jason says:

    The Bruce Arena to Mexico “joke” was better

  102. David says:

    The great birony here is that someone named Dude Guy should probably have a sense of humor

  103. Cananda says:

    Hoilett > Bunbury

  104. Paula says:

    I admit I thought them whining Canucks finally got to Bunbury …

    Seriously, that was probably mean to bitter Canada fans and will result in some kind of karmic payback in the future involving the Canadian NT. But for now … LOL.

  105. Goalscorer24 says:

    Figured it was April fools, but had to confirm. That would be a nasty one if you are not thinking April fools!

  106. Dennis says:


    I guess you didn’t like my Bradley firing story!

  107. wizardstilidie....oruntilnamechangethenimjustdead says:

    haha! good….let’s see, do I want to skip the world cup and place 90th in the gold cup, or play in the world cup and place no worse than 2nd in the gold cup…..tough one….there are many many football-crazed hottees in Canada….here’s some April 1 cons that match up with this one…
    teal signs for chelsea.
    teal signs for TP Mazembe.
    dero signs for wizards. (NOOO!!!!!!)
    dero signs for Chengdu Blades.
    sepp assassinated by (insert any name here)
    Qatar devastated by nuclear attack, USA given 2022 world cup.
    Ives signs for Special1 TV.
    Ives named USSF President.
    wizards change name to….. oh wait….
    wizards acquire Eidur Gudjohnsen. (what the HELL was that??)
    wizards allow hare-brained NFL has-been to….. oh wait…..
    I got more but I’m afraid I have NFL labor talks coming up all day and weekend….gotta make sure those helmeted idiots keep crushing each others skulls and condemning themselves to permanent brain damage/dementia/spinal trauma/Terry bradshaw/etc.
    wizards acquire

  108. kurt ta says:

    I was totally fishhooked!

  109. john says:

    In the immortal words of Sgt. Hulka, “lighten up Frances”.

  110. Califax says:

    I’m Canadian. I my heart sank for a minute there. I thought that I wouldn’t have the chance to spit on him in Detroit. Luckily it was just an April Fools joke.

  111. Kevin says:

    You got me, Ives. Trickster.

  112. Califax says:

    I’m Canadian. My heart sank for a minute there. I thought that I wouldn’t have the chance to spit on him in Detroit. Luckily it was just an April Fools joke.

  113. John says:

    In the immortal words of Sgt. Hulka, “lighten up, Frances”.

  114. TFCfootyfan says:

    U guys can have him he will never be like his dad he was born in the US and raised there so why wouldnt he play for u guys?? Problem i have is he played for our junior teams and thats the thanks we get for developing him!

  115. KenC says:

    Now if Boombooree had tweeted that he was switching, THAT would have been epically funny.

  116. kmaxhokie says:

    The first thing I thought when I woke up this morning was, “I wonder what April Fool’s Joke SBI is going to try and pull today” lol.

  117. Isaac says:

    Damn yo! I fell flat on my face for this haha…

  118. Brett says:

    I am disappoint.

  119. bob says:

    Don’t think you will ever top the Bruce Areana to Mexico

  120. Brad says:

    Well played sir.

  121. Francois says:

    Ya I fell hard haha Congrats Ives, you got me.

  122. Shark says:

    You can only switch once by FIFA rules thus he is bound to the USA….

    Nice April Fools joke…:)

  123. MikeR says:

    You mf!!!!!!!!! Totally forgot it’s April fools. Yes you got me

  124. Brian says:

    He filed his one time switch paper work. He’s LOCKED IN!

  125. Justdoit says:

    I was fooled…. I used to play with him growing up, and I texted him saying what are you thinking…. and then I read the rest of the article… touche ives

  126. agnigrin says:

    Bravo Ives… but I smelled this one a mile away!



  128. Steve T. says:

    I’ve been reading Ives for years, and knew this was coming. Didnt bite one bit, but good effort!

  129. DL says:

    You, sir, are a tool.

  130. shweazy says:

    smhd even this late in the day i still got caught , i must say props Ives you got me good on this one . i was starting to imagine the boos that would ring down on poor Bunbury lol.

  131. RChrisW says:

    SBI YOU SOB!!! I bought it!

  132. kydetwsoc says:

    it was a great confluence of events to have that masterpiece happen yes

  133. Bobby says:

    Might as well admit it – I bought it. Good one! Glad it was only a prank.

  134. GoYanks says:

    Be Careful the Montreal fans will start calling 911 for the Police to investigate. Just like with the Chara hit in hockey eh!

  135. A.J. says:

    Pretty clever you really got me there, Wow man……

  136. eRic gheimer says:

    I spent the day at the dr’s office with and eye infection. I felt like someone had run over my dog after that. Glad he still plays for the good guys.

  137. JorgeDell says:

    I was swearing profanities under my breath, what a relief. Jerk…

  138. Smash famous says:

    We better be careful. If Bradley doesn’t show him some love soon and with all the attention going to Agudelo. He may switch!

  139. r.benjamin says:

    haha… got me.

  140. CanSoc says:

    Don’t worry Ives. Canadian fans aren’t disappointed.

  141. KutamaObama says:

    Yeah, that got me too…….I still talk about that after all these years (3 yrs ago, right?)

  142. ManicMessiah says:

    I only just saw it now. Completely fell for it. Well played.

  143. Steve McSteve says:

    I can.

  144. adub4ever says:

    i was gonna write the same thing

  145. autonomous1 says:

    Yep… that was the classic… everything else is milk toast since then

  146. True sucker says:

    Well played, but damn you. I originally just read Ives’ twitter account without clicking the link. I’ve believed all day that Bunbury switched to Canada until now. And I agree, the Bruce Arena one will be tough to top.

  147. Mr. Beef says:

    A box of DVD’s was given to a younger KC fan after the game and was handed out to everyone who boarded the bus. The DVD’s had 2000 MLS Championship on the cover but when the dvd was put on the bus what was shown was the 7-0 loss to the Fire on July 4, 2001.

  148. RFC says:

    That’s not what I heard.

  149. GenuineFan says:

    Very good Ives, not quite as good as gmail motion, but very good.

  150. Mark says:

    Who cares if he plays for Canada? He’s not even that good

  151. joel says:

    damm got me there

  152. Rocco says:

    I fall for it every year.

  153. bohawk says:

    Goddammmit Ives …. Second year in a row you made my face flush with anger. Wow.

  154. Bubba says:

    Good one Ives… Well played…

  155. Mike says:

    I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Dropped the water bottle I was holding in my hand and felt a sinking feeling in my stomach.

    Well played, Ives. Well played.

    I must say, I can’t remember the last time I’ve experienced such a feeling of relief than when reading “April Fools” after the jump.

  156. CGold says:

    well done Ives, well done

  157. The Dream says:

    Dude, that’s not fair! I live in Taiwan so it’s already April 2nd. I let my guard down already!

  158. BJ's are the best says:

    I wasn’t even close to buying it. i just read the article header and loled. smh. You can do better.

  159. Mike says:


  160. Raff says:

    Haha yeah I thankfully figured it was an April Fool’s joke before I had a heart attack….

  161. Brent McD says:

    aw man, i really would’ve spiked the laptop for that one. nice work though Ives, got me again

  162. MSNats says:

    Got me. My first thoughts turned to the C-Lo Green song “F*** YOU”

  163. bearusky says:

    Thos one is ok, I was mad for a bit there. Had you done one about bob bradley being fired and it didn’t come true then I think ppl would really be angry.

  164. mbeswick says:

    I fell for it, would be nice to have him, but we do have Hoilett that plays for Blackburn on his way up and he did look good today vs Arsenal. Soccer in Canada on the way up. Bunbury would be nice, but not really a necessity.

  165. Mike Caramba says:

    Totally agree. I was anticipating this one. Arena to Mexico was unexpected…and amazing.