1. Cunningham gets his shot. Four years after his last opportunity, MLS journeyman Jeff Cunningham, 33, gets another crack a World Cup roster. The domestic league's Golden Boot winner with 17 goals (16 of which came in FC Dallas' final 15 games), Cunningham is auditioning for Charlie Davies' vacated "speedy striker" role. His main competition this week is fleet-footed Fulham reserve Eddie Johnson, who received his first call-up since September 2008. Cunningham will have to make this chance count: If the Chicago Fire eliminate Real Salt Lake in MLS's Eastern Conference final on Saturday, Robbie Findley could play Nov. 18. in Denmark.
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