Kenny Cunningham (footballer, born 1985)

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Kenny Cunningham
Personal information
Full name Kenny Martin Cunningham Brown
Date of birth (1985-06-07) 7 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Limón, Costa Rica
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Pérez Zeledón 18 (1)
2006–2007 Carmelita 25 (7)
2007–2008 Alajuelense 14 (2)
2008–2009 Herediano 22 (1)
2009–2011 San Carlos 67 (16)
2012 Gainare Tottori 9 (1)
2013 The Strongest 12 (1)
2013– Wellington Phoenix 23 (7)
National team
2011– Costa Rica 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 July 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Cunningham and the second or maternal family name is Brown.

Kenny Martin Cunningham Brown (born 7 June 1985) is a Costa Rican international footballer who plays in the A-League for Wellington Phoenix, as a winger.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Cunningham started his professional career at Pérez Zeledón and played for Carmelita, Alajuelense and Herediano before signing up with San Carlos in September 2009.[3] He moved abroad to join Japanese second division side Gainare Tottori in February 2012[4] but missed a large part of the season due to a rare disease.[5] In January 2013 he moved to Bolivia to play for The Strongest.[6]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 26 July 2013, Cunningham signed a two-year contract with New Zealand A-League club Wellington Phoenix.[7] It was said that fellow Costa Rican and Wellington player Carlos Hernandez first recommended him to Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick.[8]

In the 2013–14 season, Cunningham scored 7 goals in 23 appearances, the same number as fellow Phoenix and Costa Rica teammate Carlos Hernández . His long-range goal in a 5-0 home victory over the Melbourne Victory was named goal of the year for the Phoenix in 2013-14.[9]

International Career[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

Cunningham made his international debut for Costa Rica in an international friendly against Cuba on 12 December 2011. He was a 69th minute substitute and helped secure a 1–1 draw with a 90th minute equaliser.[10]

Cunningham made his full debut later that month, playing 90 minutes in Costa Rica's 2–0 away victory against Venezuela.[11] As of May 2014, he earned 13 caps, scoring one goal. He represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches [12] and played at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup[13] but was left out of the 2014 World Cup squad.[14]

Personal life[edit]

His twin brother Kevin is also a professional footballer, they played together at Carmelita.[15]

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