Kenny Cunningham (footballer, born 1985)
|Full name||Kenny Martin Cunningham Brown|
|Date of birth||7 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Limón, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2014–2015||Wellington Phoenix Reserves||2||(1)|
|2016||→ CS Uruguay (loan)||12||(2)|
|2016–2018||Santos de Guápiles||84||(16)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:47, 19 August 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 August 2017
Cunningham started his professional career at Pérez Zeledón and played for Carmelita, Alajuelense and Herediano before signing up with San Carlos in September 2009. He moved abroad to join Japanese second division side Gainare Tottori in February 2012 but missed a large part of the season due to a rare disease. In January 2013 he moved to Bolivia to play for The Strongest.
On 26 July 2013, Cunningham signed a two-year contract with New Zealand A-League club Wellington Phoenix. It was said that fellow Costa Rican and Wellington player Carlos Hernandez first recommended him to Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick.
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.
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.
Cunningham made his full debut later that month, playing 90 minutes in a 2–0 away victory against Venezuela. As of May 2014, he earned 13 caps, scoring one goal. He represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup but was left out of the 2014 World Cup squad.
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
|1.||11 December 2011||Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba||Cuba||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
His twin brother Kevin is also a professional footballer, they played together at Carmelita.
Kenny and Kevin are related to Australian Rory Cunningham.
- "Kenny Cunningham". National-Football-Teams.com.
- Soccerway profile
- Cunningham quedó inscrito – AD San Carlos (in Spanish)
- Un limonense se la juega en Japón – Nación (in Spanish)
- Cunningham se recupera bien – Nación (in Spanish)
- Tico Kenny Cunningham se une al The Strongest – Nación (in Spanish)
- "Phoenix Sign Costa Rican Star Striker". Wellington Phoenix (A-League). 26 July 2013.
- Worthington, Sam. "Albert Riera Phoenix's player of the year". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- Kenny Cunningham – FIFA competition record
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 – RSSSF
- Kenny Cunningham está dolido porque se quedó sin Mundial – Al Día (in Spanish)
- Kevin y Kenny Cunningham Los gemelos carmelos – Al Día (in Spanish)
- Kenny Cunningham irá a préstamo al Uruguay de Coronado, nación.com, 11 January 2016