It may have been a formality in the end, but the Sounders have officially signed Kenny Cooper to a new contract.
Seattle had acquired the rights to the veteran forward last week in a trade with FC Dallas, but Cooper was out of contract, meaning a new deal had to be agreed upon. Per MLS and team policy, terms weren’t disclosed, but expect it to be less than the $342,500 made in 2013.
The Sounders also received allocation in the deal that sent midfielder Adam Moffat to Dallas.
Interestingly, Seattle now has three members of the 2008 MLS Best XI: Cooper, Chad Marshall and Shalrie Joseph. Also, add another member to the short list of players who have been on both side of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry in MLS, joining Moffat, Mike Fucito and Steve Zakuani.
Cooper has 72 goals (seventh most of active players) and 16 assists in 188 games in the league since 2006.