Adversity behind him, Teal Bunbury has become undisputed leader of Revolution on and off pitch

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FOXBOROUGH — When A Brighter Day by George Huff pops up on the Gillette Stadium sound system after the cheers of euphoria rise amongst the Revolution faithful, amazing things have just happened on the pitch below.

So far in 2018, that song has played six times. Teal Bunbury is hoping — much like every other Revs supporter out there — to hear it more before this season is all said and done.

Already at 10 goals this season, Bunbury is in the midst of a hot streak that hasn’t been seen in these parts in a few years. Since July 5, 2017, TB10 has scored 10 goals, including a pair against Los Angeles Galaxy on July 22. That’s what really got his hot streak going, and he’s been in Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop mode ever since.

Before Major League Soccer took some time off to account for the World Cup, one would think Bunbury wouldn’t have welcomed the break: after all, nine of his goals came in the weeks prior, and no one wanted to see the momentum slowed.

But in first-half stoppage time against DC United in the first match back, Bunbury scored a go-ahead goal, and Brighter Day roared as the former top draft pick of the then-Kansas City Wizards stood in the corner, his arms crossed over his chest, waiting for his teammates.

His work rate and, of course, goal-scoring have impressed Brad Friedel.

"Teal meets our profile for a few positions, and we've tried him at a few positions," Friedel said. "We've put him out on the wing a few times; he has this incredible work ethic and he doesn't mind where he is on the field; if you have an injury or you need to change things up, he's versatile.

"What we're impressed with is the type of runs he's making, and he causes defenders a lot of problems."

To get to this point, Bunbury has had to go through two trials: