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Toronto FC deals Jeff Cunningham to Dallas

Toronto FC traded veteran striker Jeff Cunningham to FC Dallas on Friday in exchange for a draft pick.

Toronto FC traded veteran striker Jeff Cunningham to FC Dallas on Friday.

In return, Toronto received Dallas's third-round pick in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Cunningham, 31, is the fourth leading goal-scorer in MLS history with 99 goals and he was the league's top scorer in the 2006 season with 16 goals.

He joined Toronto FC last May in a trade with Real Salt Lake for forward Alecko Eskandarian and a first-round pick. He scored three goals for the Canadian club during the 2007 campaign.

But his lack of productivity this season — his three goals were spread over 16 games, seven as a starter — landed him in John Carver's doghouse, as the Toronto coach began publicly questioning his skills and commitment.

In a Canadian Champions League match against the Montreal Impact last month, Cunningham failed to score a last-minute goal despite practically standing on the goal-line. As a result of Cunningham's miss, the game ended 1-1 and Montreal won the tournament and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Asked after the match what he thought of Cunningham's miss, Carver replied, "I am thinking, 'How did he score 99 goals?' That's what I thought."

The Jamaican-born forward's last goal was almost most two months ago (June 8).

Both Carver and team general manager Mo Johnston didn't hide the fact that they were trying to trade Cunningham during the past few weeks.

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