Another day, another big move.
The Sounders have acquired the rights to Kenny Cooper and allocation money from FC Dallas in exchange for midfielder Adam Moffat. Add it to the long list of transaction in a wild week that has seen Seattle also add Chad Marshall and Stefan Frei but, on the other hand, lose Steve Zakuani, Mauro Rosales, Michael Gspurning and Marc Burch.
Cooper, 29, still needs to come to terms with the Sounders. The veteran forward was set to be available in the MLS Re-Entry Draft before opting out.
“Kenny is a proven goal scorer who is extremely active in the box,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “At 6 foot 3, he is a big forward who creates matchup problems for opposing defenders.”
Cooper has scored 72 goals, seventh most among active players, in 188 MLS games, adding 16 assists. His 32 goals over the past three seasons are sixth best in the league, highlighted by his 18 goals in New York in 2012.
This will be the fourth team in four years for the Baltimore native, who had six goals last season in Dallas. Cooper made $342,500 in 2013 (I’d expect it to be lower if they agree to terms).
Here is FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo on his team’s website: “Unfortunately, things happen like that sometimes and I wish nothing but the best to Kenny because he’s a quality professional, quality human being and it was just a situation where it didn’t work out. From myself and the organization, we thank Kenny because he definitely is a quality individual that I like to be around.”
Moffat, who made $161,608.33, had joined the Sounders in a September trade for midfielder Servando Carrasco.
Certainly it would look like more shakeups at the forward position could be coming before the season starts, if comments from ownership haven’t indicated that enough.
What do you make of the move?