Jeff Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham
Real Name: Jeff Cunningham
HT: 5' 7" WT: 172
Age: 39 (08/21/1976)
Birthplace: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Hometown: Crystal River, FL

MLS Career Highlights: Appeared in 344 matches with 229 starts ... Entered the 2011  season with 132 goals scored, one behind Jaime Moreno’s league-leading scoring record ...   Is tied with Brian McBride for Crew all-time scoring record with 62 ... recorded 69 assists ...  Is a two-time MLS Golden Boot winner (2006 and 2009) ... was named to MLS Best XI team  three times (2002, 2006, 2009) ...

MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Appeared in 22  postseason matches with 15 starts ... Scored five goals and recorded five assists ... Reached  the MLS Cup final with FC Dallas in 2010 ...

U.S. Open Cup Career Highlights: Appeared in 15 games scoring 5 goals and recording eight assists ... recorded game-winning  goal in 2002 quarterfinal against NY/NJ Metrostars (8/6).

2010 MLS Season: appeared in 27 matches starting 13... scored 11 goals and recorded  1 assist...2010 Playoffs: appeared in three matches starting one ... had one goal in West-ern Conference Semifinal against Real salt Lake (10/30/2010).

2009 MLS Season: Scored 17 goals to take home the 2009 MLS Golden Boot in the  greatest second-half run in FC Dallas history, netting 16 goals during the team ís final 14  games ... named to the MLS Best XI ... A finalist for the league MVP award ... FC Dallas team  MVP ... appeared in 28 games, making 23 starts for the club ... added eight assists to his 17  goals on the year.

2008 MLS Season: Scored five times in 11 games with FCD, finishing the year with eight  total goals ... Tallied his 100th career MLS goal on Aug. 16 at Columbus, in his first appear-ance in a Dallas uniform. It was his first-ever goal scored against the Crew, his former club ... Is  fourth all-time in MLS history with 104 career regular season goals ... Scored twice and added  an assist at Chicago on Sept. 21.

2007 MLS Season: Cunningham joined TFC on 5/22 from Real Salt Lake already with 3  goals to his credit. He played in 16 games, 13 as starter, logging 1034 minutes. Cunningham  made his debut on 5/26 at Columbus. His first goal for TFC was on 6/6 vs. New York in  a 2-1 loss. He scored 3 goals for TFC in 2007, taking his career MLS total to 96. He was  named to the 2007 Sierra Mist All-Star inactive roster.

2006-2007 MLS Season: Scored 18 goals in 32 games for Real Salt Lake. The 2006  season was Cunningham’s best, as he led the league in scoring with 16 goals, earning him the  MLS Golden Boot. He also added 11 assists that season.

2005 MLS Season: Scored 12 goals in 26 games for the Colorado Rapids. Appeared  in the MLS All-Star game that season, and scored twice against Fulham F.C. of the FA Premier League. 

2004 MLS Season: Appeared in 30  matches starting 19...had nine goals and 4  assists...tied Brian McBride’s Crew all-time  scoring record on 10/09 at N.Y. (62  goals).

2004 MLS Playoffs: Appeared in both games as a sub.

2003 MLS Season: Appeared in 21  games, just 13 of them starts, as he battled a  knee injury in the latter stages of the season  ... Added five goals, seven assists and 17  points to his impressive career totals ... Had  two game-winning goals and one game-winning assist ...  Missed three games, from  6/14-6/28, while with the U.S. National  Team at the 2003 FIFA Confederations  Cup in France ... Missed six games, from  8/23-9/28, with a sprained right MCL,  which allowed him to start just one of the  clubís last 10 games ... Crafted a five-game  point-scoring streak from 5/3-5/31 (3g, 2a)  ... Scored the 50th goal of his MLS career  on 5/10, which also proved to be the game-winner, in a 2-0 triumph over Colorado  ... Scored the game-winning goal in the  90th minute of a 1-0 victory at MetroStars  on 4/12 ... Assisted on Brian McBrideís  game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at N.E. on  4/19... Scored The Crewís lone goal in a  1-1 tie vs. the MetroStars on 5/31... Assisted  on both Crew goals in a 2-2 tie vs. Chicago  on 8/13... Came off the bench at halftime of  the season-finale, 10/26, to score one goal  and assist on another in a 6-2 win over Chicago ...

2003 U.S. Open Cup: Assisted  on all three Crew goals in a 4-3 loss to the  MetroStars on 8/6 in the Round of 16. 2002 MLS Season: Appeared in 27  matches, 21 of them starts... Established new  career-highs in both goals (16) and points  (37) in a season... With goal 5/25 vs. Dal-las, he surpassed the 100-point plateau for  his MLS career... Goal and assist on 5/18  vs. S.J. moved him into second place on The  Crewís all-time scoring list... Assist on 6/15  vs. S.J. made him a ì30 (goals)-30 (assists)  manî (39g, 30a) and goal vs. K.C. on 6/19  made him a ì40-30 manî... Had a five-point  night (2g, 1a) and scored the game-winning  goal 8/18 at K.C.... Scored two goals  6/2 at Chicago... Named MLS Player of  the Week for the week ending 8/4, after  posting 1g, 1gwa 7/31 at the MetroStars...  Scored three goals and one assist in The  Crewís 7-2 exhibition win over FC Nurmberg  of the German Bundesliga on 5/15...

2002  MLS Playoffs: Started all five matches...  Assisted on all four Columbus goals in its  quarterfinal sweep of S.J., both on 9/25 at  S.J. and both on 9/28 at Crew Stadium...  Tied Andy Williamsí Crew record for assists  in a playoff season (4)... Moved into third  place on the clubís all-time playoff scoring  list, with 3g, 5a for 11 points...

2002 US Open Cup: Appeared in three matches,  all starts (including the final), in The Crewís  run to the Open Cup title... Assisted on the  game-winning goal 8/7 at the MetroStars in  the quarterfinals. 

2001 MLS Season: Appeared in 22  matches, 20 of them starts, over the course of a dazzling season in which he led the  team in scoring with 33 points ... Become  the first player in Crew history to accumulate  double-figure totals in both goals (10) and  assists (13) in a season... Finished fourth  in the league in scoring and tied for third  in MLS in assists... Scored the dramatic  golden-goal winner in the 99th minute of the  stunning 2-1 win over D.C. United on 5/19,  in which The Crew played two men down  for the final 32 minutes... Had a six-point  night (2g, 2a) in 6-1 win over T.B. on 6/16...  Had a club-record eight-game point-scoring  streak (3g, 9a) from 7/4-8/15... Had five  game-winning goals... Scored the winning  goal and added an assist in The Crewís 4-3  exhibition victory over Bayer Leverkusen of  the German Bundesliga on 5/29... 2001  MLS Playoffs: Played the full 180 minutes  of The Crew’s quarterfinal series vs. S.J....  2001 U.S. Open Cup: Played the full  90 minutes in all three matches... Scored  two goals and assisted on both of Dante  Washingtonís tallies on 6/27 vs. Carolina  (D3 Pro)... Scored both Crew goals on 7/11  vs. Miami.

2000 MLS Season: Played in 29 match-es, starting 16 times, while battling through  nagging hamstring injuries... Had two goals  and eight assists for 12 points, fifth on the  team... Scored the game-winning goal in  The Crew’s 3-1 win over N.E. on 6/24...  His other goal came in the second minute of  a 1-1 tie vs. D.C. on 6/3... Also contributed  three game-winning assists, including  two brilliant assists in a 2-1 win vs. Dallas on  5/20... His other game-winning assists came  on 7/12 vs. N.E. and 8/2 at S.J.... Scored  the game-tying goal in the 84th minute of  The Crew’s 2-2 draw vs. Newcastle United  on 7/26... 2000 U.S. Open Cup:  Started all three games. 

1999 MLS Season: Played in 28 games,  starting 15... Was second on the team in  scoring with 12 goals and five assists for 29  points... Scored the first-ever goal in Colum-bus Crew Stadium history, a game-winning  tally in the 10th minute of The Crew’s 2-0  win over N.E. on 5/15... Led the team with  four game-winning goals and also had two  game-winning assists... Had a pair of  two goal games, both coming in 2-1  victories on the road (5/9 at S.J and 9/23  at Chicago)... Notched a goal and an assist  vs. Dallas on 7/24... Had the first two-assist  game of his career on 6/26 vs. the MetroStars.

1999 MLS Playoffs: Started  all five playoff games, playing 90 minutes  in four of the matches... Tallied three goals  and one assist for seven points, including  a game-winning score vs. D.C. on 11/7 in  a 5-1 win... Had a series-clinching game-winning assist in Game 2 of the Eastern  Conference Semifinals on 10/22 at T.B.... 

1999 U.S. Open Cup: Started and  played in two of three games... Notched  one assist, a game-winner in the round of 16  in a 3-0 win vs. the Carolina Dynamo. 

1998 MLS Season: Was the fourth-leading scorer on the team with eight goals and one assist for 17 points... Played in  25 games with eight starts... Notched two  game-winning goals and one game-winning assist... Had the first multiple-goal game of  his career by tallying twice in the second  half at Miami on 7/29, in a 3-2 setback...  Made his MLS debut on 3/29 at Dallas in  a 2-1 loss, coming off the bench... Made his  first career start and scored his first career  goal on 5/17 vs. L.A. ... Had a goal and an  assist in a 4-1 win vs. S.J. on 5/30... 1998  MLS Playoffs: Made two appearances,  no starts... Missed the first round series against the MetroStars with a sprained  knee... Made his MLS playoff debut on  10/11, coming on as a sub in a 2-0 loss at D.C.

1998 Open Cup:  Had a  goal and an assist in three U.S. Open Cup  games, including the game-winner in a 3-0  win over Miami on 7/22.

College: Attended the University of South  Florida, where he earned first-team All-Conference USA honours as a sophomore  and junior, and was named the Conference  USA Player of the Year as a senior. He  finished his career at USF with 41 goals and  36 assists.

International: Born in Montego Bay,  Jamaica, Cunningham earned one cap for  Jamaica before becoming a U.S. citizen in  2001. He has since been capped 12 times  for the United States, most recently scoring  the only goal for the U.S. in two 2009  friendlies, netting a left-footed finish against  Denmark on Nov. 18, 2009.

Personal: Jeff and his wife, Jocelyn wel-comed the birth of their first child, Mikayla, on Sept. 15, 2008.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2011Columbus Crew2142591113331300
2010FC Dallas27131114641582582700
2009FC Dallas282317191887138113320
2008FC Dallas111159512241272010
2008Toronto FC1673747019831930
2007Toronto FC1613310341211452320
2007Real Salt Lake773602011731010
2006Real Salt Lake3126162404118345253560
2005Colorado Rapids261712166735531182640
2004Columbus Crew30199185346326252710
2003Columbus Crew21135140174923192620
2002Columbus Crew272116196257837304020
2001Columbus Crew2220101770137232251931
2000Columbus Crew29162175584819232230
1999Columbus Crew281512155656032192520
1998Columbus Crew2588107614720151210
Career Totals-3652331342275170772372239377331
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