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Cooper to 1860

The Insider told you two weeks ago that 1860 Munich was making an aggressive move for FC Dallas star Kenny Cooper, and after initial offers were rejected by MLS, a deal has been reached. The MLS club announced this morning that Cooper is headed for the second-division team pending a medical exam.

"Kenny indicated to us that he wanted to return to Europe when his contract expired next year," GM Michael Hitchcock said. "The timing of this transfer allows Kenny to continue his career overseas while providing our club with valuable resources for new acquisitions."

I'm hearing that Dallas/MLS will receive a little over $1 million for the initial transfer and benefit further financially depending on Cooper's progress in Europe.

Bristol City (England) and Groningen (Netherlands) had also been tracking him.

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2009; 10:38 AM ET
Categories:  Germany , MLS  
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I never thought they'd let him go.

Posted by: sitruc | July 31, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he will be able to excel at 1860. Outside of the MLS and EPL...the Bundesliga is what I generally watch.

Posted by: dkwatts86 | July 31, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Smart move for club and player. Both going nowhere in MLS.

Posted by: oz4dcu | July 31, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he will be able to excel at 1860. Outside of the MLS and EPL...the Bundesliga is what I generally watch.

Posted by: dkwatts86 | July 31, 2009 10:51 AM

Well, this is 2.Bundesliga, so we won't be seeing much of him over here.

Nice shirts though

Posted by: Kev29 | July 31, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse


Do you generally watch the Bundesliga 2? I tend to follow such teams through the Yanks Abroad website, and all I hear from this club (at least when Berhalter and Wolff were there) is dour draws and losses, and the occasional close victory.

I don't like this move for either Cooper or Dallas, but I don't suppose he was going to do better. Don't think he'll ever escape this club, so that will keep some happy.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 31, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Nice shirts though

Posted by: Kev29

now i want a Lowenbrau.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 31, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Just because the guy can run two miles in less than 12 minutes...

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 31, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Great, now we'll have Kenny Cooper zealots in two languages.

Posted by: addick | July 31, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Um, there's got to be a story on FC Dallas 96.

Good move selling Cooper and get a little value out of it. However, what in the world is going on in Exurban Dallas?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 31, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@UnitedDemon and Kev29
I was born in Germany. Wiesbaden specifically, so I have a soft spot for German Football. I had been watching just the Bundesliga for a few years up until 2 seasons ago when a team from Wiesbaden promoted to Bundesliga 2. So now i watch both. Bundesliga games i usually catch on Gol TV and Bundesliga 2 games i catch on online streams. I spent some time in Munich and 1860 definitely is just a team in the shadow of Bayern and not much else.

Posted by: dkwatts86 | July 31, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Back to the lower divisions of Europe for Kenny Cooper. To me it's a sad commentary on the perpetual 2nd rate status of MLS. It's happened plenty of other times but it's still a bit disheartening.

Not that MLS franchises are the only ones that throw in the towel way before the season ends. Recently, the Nats and Wizards have given up at the start of their seasons.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 31, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a great move for Kenny. I really see him as a forward in the style of Podolski, a shifty target that can put the ball on frame in difficult positions. Hopefully this broadens his exposure and he gets snapped-up by a first division club.

Posted by: The_Dude_Abides1 | July 31, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: dkwatts86 - Outside of the MLS and EPL...the Bundesliga is what I generally watch."

Dude, you may want to reconsider this year. Missing out on La Liga? Aside from having all the best players in the world, it is almost a sin to miss Barcelona and Real Madrid matches

Posted by: juanma_carr | July 31, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Groningen has been on a roll the last few years grooming players and selling them on to bigger clubs (mostly Ajax but Berg just went to Hamburg) so I would have liked to see him there instead.

Posted by: ajaxdude | July 31, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm really surprised how long 1860 has languished in B2.

For those who were calling for Cooper to hold out for a 1st division side in Europe: What has he shown that would prove he's worth the investment to a 1st Division club?

It's not as if he's set MLS on fire, or done much with his limited time with the Nats.

Posted by: alecw81 | July 31, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Probably a good move for Kenny. Looking at their roster, he's a good bet to be among their top 3 strikers, perhaps even a starter. They have three very young strikers in reserve (20 or younger), and three veteran guys in their mid-to late 20s, none of whom are setting the world on fire lately. As for the future -- well, if Kenny can put some balls in the net, 1860 might find itself on track to climb back into the 1st division. They spent a decade in the top flight (when Nowak played there), ending half a dozen years ago. Playing in Allianz means great potential resources, even if they're mostly an afterthought in Munich. For awhile, they were like the Mets to Bayern's Yankees -- they can get there again. Hopefully, he has more success there than Wolff did.

Posted by: fischy | July 31, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Good for him. I think that the Bundaliga two is a good place for him to go.

I wonder how Dallas will sqaunder thier cut of the money. What imported bust will they bring in to replace the Cooper?

Posted by: yankiboy | July 31, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a win-win for him and the club. No reason to force him to stay if there's no chance of succeeding this year. Plus, a policy of not selling players that want to leave and are ready for a new club (see: Taylor Twellman and NE Revolution) could hurt you in the long run.

As for 1860 Munich, sure we'd love to see Cooper playing and starting for a much bigger club, but for Americans in Europe (especially ahead of World Cup 2010) it's better to be playing regularly for a smaller club then not getting a look from bigger clubs (see: Freddy Adu). Hopefully, Cooper will have better success at 1860 Munich than Josh Wolff

Posted by: diego_r | July 31, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

oops, didn't realize that fischy had the exact same concluding thought as me

Posted by: diego_r | July 31, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Buzz Carrick over at the 3rd Degree is reporting that one party or the other has scuppered the deal and that Cooper will play out his contract in Dallas.

Posted by: keepunitedindc | July 31, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Interesting -- wonder if Dallas jumped the gun, somehow, or is the 3rd degree behind the news? Dallas has the transfer on their site --as Goff reports, pending the medical. TSV 1860's site has the GM saying they hope to bring him to Munich next week to conclude negotiations. Those two statements aren't necessarily in conflict -- and they certainly don't conform to the 3rd degree report.

Posted by: fischy | July 31, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

OK -- this is why bloggers need to be more circumspect with their sources. And I should have checked the date after clicking the link above. The 3rd Degree post is from Wednesday. Clearly, this was wrong and has been superseded by the FC Dallas announcement.

Posted by: fischy | July 31, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The 3rd degree post is dated July 29th. Steve's is dated July 31st, as is this.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 31, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Curse your swiftness icthian.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 31, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

So its confirmed: He sucks!

Posted by: alan19 | July 31, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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