Cooper Officially Joins Portland

Cooper Officially Joins Portland

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 17, 2011
  • Kenny Cooper

Kenny Cooper is returning to MLS with Portland.

After a couple weeks of speculation and rumors former FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper has left German side TSV 1860 Munich to join the MLS expansion side Portland Timbers.

The 26-year old transferred to 2.Bundesliga (second division) side 1860 Munich in 2009 after four seasons in MLS with FC Dallas. In Dallas, he tallied 40 goals and 10 assists in 90 regular-season matches and was named to the MLS Best XI and an MLS All-Star in 2008.

β€œI am really excited to be returning to MLS and joining the Portland Timbers for their inaugural MLS season,” said Cooper. β€œIt is a great privilege to come to Portland, where there is a long-standing tradition and a deep passion for the team and the game. It is also extra special to be in the hometown of my adidas family. I am appreciative for the belief that owner Merritt Paulson, coach John Spencer and Gavin Wilkinson have shown in me. I am looking forward to wearing Timbers green, and I hope to make the Timbers Army and all those associated with the club proud.”

You have to admit that Portland already looks pretty good offensively on paper with the addition of Kenny Cooper alongside rookie Darlington Nagbe, Bright Dike, Eddie Johnson and Ryan Pore. As long as they find a creative cog in the midfield to lead their offense I think John Spencer’s club will be in every match this season.

Cooper never got going in Europe which is reason for me to believe that he’ll fit in well with Portland as he always found ways to score in MLS. I thought moving to Europe was the right thing for him at the time when he did but it was obvious pretty quickly that it wasn’t the right fit for him as he bounced around between Germany and England as he struggled to find playing time in Munich.

Its good to see Cooper back in MLS too, he was always one of the nicer guys to interview in Dallas and hopefully he’ll do well in Portland.

What do you make of this move for Cooper and the Timbers?

  • This is a great addition for the Timbers. Rumor has it that there is another “dynamic forward” coming as well to add to the attack. As a Timbers fan, my view is obviously biased, but I think that we should have a good chance at finishing in the top 10 and I’d expect nothing less. Next step, shoring up our soft central midfield as you mentioned.