FRISCO, Texas – scored his 129th career goal as extended their unbeaten streak to 13 straight with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC in a chippy, tightly contested match at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday night.
The veteran made the most of his first start since June 5, burying a long-ball from in the opening minutes of the second half for his third goal in his last five games. With that tally, Cunningham is now just three goals behind Jaime Moreno for the all-time scoring lead in Major League Soccer history.
For most of the first half, scoring chances were hard to come by. Toronto’s best chance came five minutes in, when defender Ty Harden’s header was pushed over the crossbar by Dallas goalkeeper .
The former Toronto striker buried his right-footed shot in the right corner of the net for his eighth goal of the year. It was also Chávez’s first career assist.
TFC looked to answer back, and had two solid scoring chances by O'Brian White thwarted. In the 63rd minute, White headed just over the goal on a nice run and cross by Maksim Usanov up the right flank.
In the 75th, the Toronto striker again found himself with some room inside the FCD area. With Hartman off his line and the home net open, White took a shot only to see his effort quelled at the last possible moment by Jackson, who executed a great goalmouth block.
Hartman made another great play in the 82nd minute when he got a hand on a header by TFC’s Jacob Peterson.
With the win, still-streaking FC Dallas keep pace in the tight Western Conference. Schellas Hyndman’s squad travels to San Jose next Saturday. Toronto haven’t tasted victory in MLS play in four straight matches, with their last win coming on Aug. 7.
The Reds stay on the road to face Chicago on Wednesday, where they will welcome back Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman and Nana Attakora, who missed Saturday’s match while on international duty with Canada.
Preki’s squad will be missing Martin Saric, however, who will be suspended after getting sent off for a second yellow card in the 89th minute Saturday.
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DAL -- Jeff Cunningham 8 (Marvin Chavez 1, David Ferreira 9) 47
TOR -- Martin Saric (caution; Tactical Foul) 15
TOR -- Nick LaBrocca (caution; Dissent) 46+
TOR -- Martin Saric (caution; Reckless Foul) 89
TOR -- Martin Saric (ejection; Second Caution) 89
DAL -- (caution; Reckless Foul) 91+
Referee: Alex Prus
Referee's Assistants: Adam Wienckowski; James Conlee
4th Official: Jasen Anno
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Clear and 86 degrees