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April 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Kenny Cooper on his Dallas homecoming: ‘It’s definitely one I circle on the calendar.’

Reporters got a chance to catch up Sounders FC forward Kenny Cooper, who will be heading to Dallas with the team for Saturday’s road game. Dallas, of course, is not only Cooper’s hometown, but also the team he played at last season.

Here is a transcript of the interview:

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(What are the feelings heading back to Dallas this week?) “I spent four years there, it’s my hometown, my family all lives there and I have a lot of friends (there), so it’s one I’m really excited about. A lot of great memories playing in the stadium. Yeah, it’s definitely one I circle on the calendar every year.”

(Are there any hard feelings about how your offseason departure played out?) “Well, I’m really happy where I am, and they’ve gotten off to a great start. … (long pause) … And, um, it’ll be a tough game, it’ll be an exciting game, but I’m definitely happy where I am, so no bad feelings toward them.”

(Any reason Dallas always seems to get off to a good start?) “We got off a great start last year and unfortunately weren’t able to finish the way we started. They’re flying at the moment, just coming off a big game against their rivals in Houston — a big win away. I’m sure they’re feeling good and flying high. I think we’ll be going up against a really confident team, a team with a lot of speed, a lot of good experience, a lot of good players, so we can expect a good game.”

(What have you felt about playing wide in the 4-3-3?) “I always want to be an attacking threat and helping the team score goals, whether it’s trying to put it in myself or helping get some assists and being involved in the buildup. Obviously there are defensive responsibilities that go along with any role on the field. It’s important to be a two-way player, and that’s something that I look to give Sigi.”

(Do you still keep in touch with some of the guys from Dallas?) “Yeah, a lot of guys. I made a lot of great friendships there. I know Oscar from my earlier days in Dallas. I’m happy for him and that he’s there. I think he’s really loved by the fans, and I’m sure they’re pleased with having him there and the great start they’ve had. It’s always great to go back to old stomping grounds and see familiar faces, and show the fans appreciation for supporting you in the time there, but once the whistle blows, it’s all business and you try to get the job done.”

(Lot of requests for tickets this week?) “I had the unique opportunity to play in my hometown. Not a lot of players get the chance to do that, having parents and nieces and nephews in the stands. I’ve been really fortunate, and I really cherish that time that I was there. I look forward to seeing my family up the stands again.”

(Former teammate Stephen Keel said you’re on Twitter, but we haven’t seen you tweet yet. Is that really you?) “I am on it, but I have not been active. Sorry.”

(Active on Instagram, though?) “Yes. (laughs)”

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