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Sporting Kansas City’s position, that Canadian-born U.S. national team striker Teal Bunbury is not on trial with Stoke City, continues to be refuted by the English Premier League club.

On Thursday, Stoke City’s own website posted a list of eight players the club is linked to in possible transfer-window deals and, voila, Bunbury is on the list.

Bunbury, who won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy in 2010 as the most valuable player in the NCAA, scored five goals in his first MLS season with the then-named Kansas City Wizards.

After angering Canadian fans by deciding to pledge his future to the United States, even though he had played for Canada’s U-20s, Bunbury went on a tour of Europe with other MLS Generation Adidas members. Instead of heading Stateside when the tour wrapped, he went to Stoke City for what he British press has called a one-week trial, and scored in a reserve match earlier this week.

Sporting Kansas City has denied that Bunbury is on trial, and has stated that the striker is still part of the club’s plans for the future.

But Stoke City’s own statements sugges t that Bunbury is on trial, including Thursday’s notice.

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