Rapids Acquire Veteran Striker Jeff Cunningham in Trade With Crew

DENVER CO (Colorado Rapids Media Relations)- The Colorado Rapids acquired today veteran forward Jeff Cunningham from the Columbus Crew in exchange for the Black and Blue’s First Round Pick in next year’s 2006 MLS SuperDraft.

Cunningham the Montego Bay Jamaica native established himself as one of MLS’ fastest and most dangerous strikers during his seven year career with the Crew. In his time with Columbus he netted a total of 62 goals and recorded 43 assists in 182 games played. He also netted three goals and recorded five assists in 16 postseason games with his former team. Cunningham finished the 2004 season second in the Crew’s scoring category with 9 goals and 4 assists for 22 points only two points behind striker Edson Buddle (24 pts: 11-G 2-A).

The 28-year old forward who was named to the MLS Best 11 selection in 2002 ranks 8th in the MLS All Time Goalscoring department with his 62 strikes trailing former Colorado striker Raul Diaz Arce (3rd- 82 goals in 150 games) as the two most accomplished Rapids forwards in MLS history. The skillful striker also ranks 3rd in the MLS All Time Game-Winning Goals category with 19. The next Rapids player that follows him in that department is retired striker Paul Bravo who netted 16 game-winning goals in 166 matches.

Cunningham who moved from Jamaica to the United States at the age of 14 and became a U.S. citizen on 11/13/01 was part of the U.S. National Team that participated in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in France. He is expected to report into Rapids Training Camp on February 2005 when the team begins their 2005 Spring Training in Colorado.

Cunningham’s Bio and Stats:

Jeff Cunningham –Forward-
Height: 5-8 Weight: 155
D.O.B.: 08-21-1976 in Montego Bay JAM
College: South Florida University

 YEAR TEAM GP GS MIN G A PTS SHT SOG BK FC FS OFF CK C E 
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1998 Columbus 25 8 1076 8 1 17 47 20 0 15 19 12 3 1 0 
1999 Columbus 28 15 1556 12 5 29 60 32 0 19 35 25 1 2 0 
2000 Columbus 29 16 1755 2 8 12 48 19 0 23 66 22 4 3 0 
2001 Columbus 22 20 1770 10 13 33 72 32 0 25 55 19 2 3 1
2002 Columbus 27 21 1962 16 5 37 78 37 0 30 38 40 1 2 0 
2003 Columbus 21 13 1405 5 7 17 49 23 0 19 30 26 2 2 0 
2004 Columbus 30 19 1856 9 4 22 63 26 0 25 57 27 6 1 0 
Totals 182 112 11380 62 43 167 417 189 0 156 300 171 19 14 1