Jeff Cunningham: The King Will Be Crowned?


For years he has run afoul of coaches and fans. He’s been traded more times than you or I can count. He’s been written off more times than we can count also. But, Jeff Cunningham not only keeps scoring goals, and winning games, but he’s slowly closing in on becoming the king of MLS goal scoring.

His national team career was a bust. In fact, Cunningham who was once called into the Jamaican National Team, but then decided to represent the US.  In Columbus he would be forgotten while Stern John, Brian McBride, Dante Washington and even Brian West got more respect. In Colorado and Salt Lake City he ran afoul with coaches and other players. Toronto was simply strange for Cunningham but now in Dallas he’s beginning to excel again.

Pace and a deft finishing touch is why Cunningham has scored so many goals for so many teams in the league. Jaime Moreno better hope that DCU keeps drawing PK opportunities for him, because Cunningham is on pace to eventually surpass Moreno if he can play in MLS until he is 35 or 36.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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