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Jeff Cunningham breaks all-time scoring record
by Mike Woitalla, August 29th, 2011 12:17AM

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[MLS GOLEADORES] Jeff Cunningham became MLS's all-time leading scorer when the 35-year-old Columbus striker hit his 134th goal with a penalty kick against Seattle on Saturday. For a video montage of Cunningham goals and the latest on the Golden Boot race ...

Jeff Cunningham scored from the penalty spot in Columbus' 6-2 loss at Seattle, notching 134th goal to overtake Jaime Moreno as MLS's all-time leading scorer.

Cunningham, who was born in Jamaica and moved to the USA at age 14, joined MLS in 1998 after playing college ball at the University of South Florida. He played for Columbus in 1998-2004 and had stints with Colorado, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC and FC Dallas before returning to Columbus this season.

Knee problems have limited his play this season to four starts in 16 appearances and, while contemplating knee surgery, he had been sidelined since July 23 before returning to action on Saturday, when his PK strike marked his second goal of 2011.

Moreno scored his 133 goals in a career that spanned 1996 to 2010. Tied for third on the all-time list at 114 are Landon Donovan, the 29-year-old who is this season's second leading scorer with 11 goals, and Ante Razov, who played from 1996 to 2009.

Two others have reached the 100-goal mark: Jason Kreis (108 goals; 1996-2007) and Taylor Twellman (101 goals; 2002-2010).

* Moving up in the Golden Boot race in Week 24 action were Chicago's Dominic Oduro, who scored his 9th goal in a 2-0 win over defending champ Colorado; Alvaro Saborio, whose 7th was the decider in Real Salt Lake's 1-0 win over Chivas USA; last year's leading scorer, Chris Wondolowski, who struck his 9th in San Jose's 1-1 tie with Toronto FC; Kansas City's Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo, who scored their 8th and 7th, respectively, in a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas, whose Maicon Santos scored his 8th.

* MLS Leading Scorers

Player
Team
Goals
Assists
Thierry Henry New York
12
4
Landon Donovan
Los Angeles 11
3
Brek Shea FC Dallas
10
3
Eric Hassli Vancouver
10
1
Dwayne De Rosario
D.C. United
9
8
Dominic Oduro
Chicago
9
2
Chris Wondolowski San Jose
9
2
Camilo
Vancouver
8
2
Kei Kamara
Kansas City
8
2
Andres Mendoza
Columbus 8
2
Maicon Santos Dallas
8
2
Charlie Davies D.C. United
8
1
Jack Jewsbury
Portland
7
6
Nick LaBrocca
Chivas USA
7
5
Justin Braun
Chivas USA
7
4
Fabian Espindola
Real Salt Lake
7
2
Omar Bravo
Kansas City
7
2
Chris Pontius
D.C. United 7
2
Alvaro Saborio
Real Salt Lake
7
2
Shalrie Joseph
New England
7
1



Cunningham Goal Montage: A selection of goals from MLS's all-time leading scorer ...



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