Columbus Crew have announced that it has signed Jeff Cunningham to a multi-year contract, returning one of the most prolific scorers in league history to the club where he spent his first seven professional seasons.
Per club and league policy, no further terms of the deal were disclosed. Cunningham was selected in Stage Two of the MLS Re-Entry Process on Dec. 15, 2010.
Cunningham, 34, is just two goals shy of becoming Major League Soccer's all-time goal-scoring king. He enters 2011 with 132 career goals, one behind all-time leader Jaime Moreno's 133. He also remains tied with Brian McBride atop the Crew's all-time goal-scoring list, having tallied 62 times in Black & Gold between 1998 and 2004.
"I'm really excited to return to the club where I started my professional career," Cunningham said. "I scored the first goal of my career in a Crew jersey and my 100th at Crew Stadium (with FC Dallas), and it has always been a special place to me. It's only fitting that I break the all-time scoring record in Black & Gold."