Cooper Situation Update, What’s Next For Dallas

Cooper Situation Update, What’s Next For Dallas

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 28, 2008
  • Cardiff City, Kenny Cooper, Playoff Push, Summer Transfers

Getty ImagesSounds like he is going huh? All the soundbites from last night and all the text between the lines pretty much state Kenny Cooper is on his way to England….I mean Wales. As we all know the offer was a big one by the Welsh club for SuperCooper’s services.

The Welsh side Cardiff City, which plays in England’s Coca-Cola Championship First Division, is reportedly offering between $3 and $4 million for Cooper.

I talked with several members of the media yesterday at the Dallas-LA game in Frisco and they mostly believed a couple things:

  1. Dallas has to do everything they can to keep him for the rest of the year with the current pace Cooper is on. The longer they hold him the better the offer (and club) would be.
  2. A $3 or 4 million offer right now is a good one. Hard for any MLS club and owner to pass up, even if it means selling your best player and your fan favorite.
  3. Losing Cooper now will not only kill the season on the field for the club but kill it in the stands. I’m sure GM Michael Hitchcock knows he is a lame-duck by now but you know he does not want to see even emptier stands because of a fan favorite leaving.

Ives Galarcep is reporting that the Cardiff City and Cooper are finalizing the deal in the coming days.

Honestly if Cooper is to actually leave here (which I think he is) I am glad its to England. He’s with a team in the Coca-Cola Championship League, which is basically the second division to the EPL. If he stays on form and helps this club to a promotion you can bet he will get some serious attention from bigger clubs in the EPL.

At the end of the day, I’d love to see that for Cooper.

But what’s next for Cooper’s current club in MLS? Obviously it hurts to see them lose their best player at this time in the season because they just pushed themselves back into the playoff picture last night with that win (they are currently seventh overall, which is good for a wild card spot).

We know the club has been in search for some South American talent over the last couple weeks but even those moves are still a week or so away from actually taking place. The club waiting a bit too long to get on the board and try to make a move in terms of bring in a player or two from abroad. They made the trades for the international roster spots but haven’t even taken the next step to fill those spots.

It could be time for Schellas Hyndman to start dealing within MLS. He won’t get a high profile player right away to replace Cooper (and Juan Toja if he does leave) but if he can get some value at a couple positions it could work out. I think if Cooper is leaving they should look hard at Jeff Cunningham who would definitely benefit with a move out of Toronto now that he is in John Carvers doghouse.

What do you all think Dallas should do once Cooper is gone? The need for a striker will be pretty obvious, especially to replace one of the top scorers in the league.