Kenny Cooper Can Save His Legacy with Seattle Sounders

By Baxter Colburn
Kenny Cooper
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Arguably one of the most dominant forwards to ever play in MLS, the powerhouse that is Kenny Cooper has found himself a new home and it could not have come at a better time. After being traded to the Seattle Sounders for allocation money and the rights for his former club, FC Dallas, to obtain midfielder Adam Moffat, Cooper finally has landed on a gold mine.

Having been in the league for seven seasons, Cooper has seen his share of time moving from club to club, spending time at FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls and the Portland Timbers. Five of his seasons in MLS have been for FCD, which is also the place where he scored 46 of his 72 career goals. Cooper has tallied 18-goal seasons two different times during his career, once in 2008 for FCD and once in 2012 for the Red Bulls.

Being one of the biggest, strongest and most powerful forwards in the league, it is about time that Cooper lands on team that really will help him flourish. Obviously I am not trying to offend any of his former teams, but personally, I just believe his move to Seattle is one of the smartest moves of his career. The only negatives going against him are that he has yet to score a goal in the playoffs and how he has yet to win an MLS championship.

Seattle has been looking for someone that can be a big target in the front and will not be pushed around by defenses. It is a shame that the Sounders did get rid of Eddie Johnson in the offseason. Having an attack made up of Johnson, Cooper and Clint Dempsey would have been incredibly dangerous. Thankfully the Sounders have been doing their best to make sure to bring in other players to help strengthen their already prolific attack.

Just for those who do not know this, Cooper actually started his career with EPL giant, Manchester United back in 2004-05 — I promise, no joke. He went on loan a few times and then ended up in the MLS, but makes you wonder how he would have done had he stayed with United. Cooper has also seen his fair share of action for the U.S. National team as he has been capped 11 times and has scored five goals during that period.

Opening day is still a few months away, but you can imagine that head coach Sigi Schmidt will be looking forward to seeing what all Cooper is capable of doing in the Seattle offense. It is no secret that Seattle was an incredible disappointment during the 2013 MLS playoffs, but now that is all behind them. With new players and multiple core players still around, the Sounders are poised to make a deep run at the MLS Cup during the 2014 season.

Baxter Colburn is a U.S. Men’s Soccer Team writer for Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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