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Jeff Cunningham Has Got Nothing On Jaime Moreno

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Jeff Cunningham scores one of his 132 goals
Jeff Cunningham scores one of his 132 goals

In FC Dallas's 3-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday, Jeff Cunningham scored the 132nd goal of his career, tying Jaime Moreno for the most career goals in MLS history.

So then you might assume that these two players have had roughly equal careers, right?

No. You'd be wrong. Because it's not even close.

You'd be hard pressed to find a soccer fan in this country willing to argue that Cunningham is the best player in league history. Yet Moreno is always in that conversation. He's done incredible work over the course of his career. And he's done it as his team's leader.

There's plenty of reasons why Jeff Cunningham isn't in the same class as Jaime Moreno. Follow me beyond the break and I'll show you why.

 

Jeff Cunningham

Jaime Moreno

Regular season goals

132

132

Regular season assists

69

102

Playoff goals

4

12

Playoff assists

5

10

Trophies

2

12

So who's career would you rather have?

I don't want to be too hard on Cunningham. He deserves respect for being able to score at a consistent rate for so many years. But there's also something to be said for the fact that he's been deemed replaceable by three separate teams.

The two players are currently tied atop the all-time goals standings. Cunningham is likely to stand alone at the top shortly. If not now, then next year.

But that doesn't mean that Moreno should quit trying. It would be nice to be able to say that he retired as the all-time leading scorer. And D.C. United should give him the opportunity. No more leaving him home. We've got three games left. Moreno deserves the chance to earn back his record. Obviously he'll start the final game of the season, but he should see time in each of the next two matches as well. I mean, what else do we have to lose?