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 34)
Place of birth Limón, Costa Rica
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Pérez Zeledón
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)
2013–2015 Wellington Phoenix 40 (11)
2014–2015 Wellington Phoenix Reserves 2 (1)
2015–2016 Heredianos 19 (5)
2016CS Uruguay (loan) 12 (2)
2016–2018 Santos de Guápiles 84 (16)
2018–2019 Malacateco 39 (8)
2019– Pérez Zeledón 7 (1)
National team
2011– Costa Rica 14 (1)
* 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

Kenny Martin Cunningham Brown (born 7 June 1985) is a Costa Rican international footballer who plays for A.D. Municipal Pérez Zeledón, 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]

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 a 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]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[1]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 December 2011 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 1–1 1–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

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

Kenny and Kevin are related to Australian Rory Cunningham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kenny Cunningham". National-Football-Teams.com.
  2. ^ Soccerway profile
  3. ^ Cunningham quedó inscrito – AD San Carlos (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Un limonense se la juega en Japón – Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Cunningham se recupera bien – Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Tico Kenny Cunningham se une al The Strongest – Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Phoenix Sign Costa Rican Star Striker". Wellington Phoenix (A-League). 26 July 2013.
  8. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/8996591/Phoenix-search-for-defensive-mid-goes-on
  9. ^ Worthington, Sam. "Albert Riera Phoenix's player of the year". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2011/12/23/world/friendlies/venezuela/costa-rica/1224057/
  12. ^ Kenny CunninghamFIFA competition record
  13. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 – RSSSF
  14. ^ Kenny Cunningham está dolido porque se quedó sin Mundial – Al Día (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Kevin y Kenny Cunningham Los gemelos carmelos – Al Día (in Spanish)

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