Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Cunningham is eager to re-up in Columbus
by Ridge Mahoney, January 25th, 2011 10:57PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  columbus crew, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Jeff Cunningham's flirtation with European soccer has ended. The second-leading scorer (132 goals) in league history showed up unexpectedly at the Crew’s training facility Tuesday, and he talked contract for a few minutes with technical director Brian Bliss.

The 34-year-old forward played for FC Dallas last season and as a free agent player he entered the Re-Entry Draft, during which Columbus claimed his rights.

After rejecting the Crew’s original offer, Cunningham traveled to Europe to follow up contacts with Randers FC in Denmark and IK Start in Norway, but neither team offered him a contract. Before his departure, agent Jan Schiefloe said Cunningham’s preference was to stay in MLS and that now seems to be his best option.

“He didn’t seem to think we’re not getting it done or he didn’t like the deal,” Bliss said to mlssoccer.com. “I’m guessing what was offered to him 12 days ago is the same deal.”

Reports have pegged the Crew’s offer at approximately $150,000, about two-thirds of what he earned ($220,000 base salary) last year for FCD.

Columbus leaves Saturday for a three-week camp in Arizona.

“I’m optimistic something will get done before we leave for Phoenix based on, a) Jeff showing up here unannounced, and b) the conversation we had for five minutes,” said Bliss.

Cunningham, a native of Jamaica who played college soccer at South Florida, started his MLS career with Columbus in 1998 and scored 62 goals before leaving
in 2004. In the past six seasons he’s won the Golden Boot as top scorer twice while playing for Colorado, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC and FC Dallas.

He led MLS Cup runner-up last year with 11 goals; both of the Crew’s top two goalscorers, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (nine) and Steven Lenhart (six), have
moved on.

He needs one more goal to tie all-time leader Jaime Moreno, who is also out of contract. “I hope they see that I took the initiative to come to Columbus,”
Cunningham said.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USA-Costa Rica: Olympic tuneups end with easy win    
The USA closed out its preparations for the Olympic women's soccer tournament on Friday when it ...
Video Pick: Golazo by Dortmund's Dembele vs. Manchester United    
Why did Borussia Dortmund spend a reported $15 million to get 19-year-old Ousmane Dembele from French ...
Arsenal names roster for U.S. trip    
Arsenal's preliminary list of players who will travel to the United States includes American midfielder Gedion ...
What They're Saying: Axel Sjoberg    
"I don't think I have to sell myself to Dominic Kinnear. He picked the team and ...
USA-Costa Rica: Scorcher expected for final Rio tuneup    
The USA plays its last game before it heads off to the Rio Olympics when it ...
MLS Countdown: Marsch comments roil waters for derby    
Three times a year comes the question: will New York be red or blue? The Hudson ...
Crowd Count: FC Cincinnati sets another USL record    
FC Cincinnati set a USL single-season attendance record when it drew 16,127 fans Wednesday at Nippert ...
MLS Countdown: Quakes duo has red cards rescinded    
The San Jose Earthquakes will have their Panamaniacs available for a game at Real Salt Lake ...
MLS Moves: Orlando bolsters backline with Aja signing    
The first player signed by Orlando City after the hiring of head coach Jason Kreis has ...
U.S. Abroad: Ankle injury sidelines Hyndman    
Emerson Hyndman, who joined Premier League club Bournemouth from Fulham as a free agent in the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives