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Posted at 4:48 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

MLS expansion Portland Timbers interested in former FC Dallas star Kenny Cooper

By Steve Goff

The Portland Timbers have taken interest in American forward Kenny Cooper, a former FC Dallas star seeking to return to MLS from Germany this winter, two sources familiar with the situation told the Insider.

Cooper, 26, moved from Dallas to 1860 Munich after the 2008 MLS season. Because the German second-tier side paid a transfer fee, Dallas no longer owns his league rights. Portland is in need of a proven scorer ahead of its inaugural season in MLS.

Cooper, who had 40 goals in 90 league appearances for Dallas, returned to the field for Munich last month after recovering from a long-term ankle injury. In early 2010, he went on loan with English club Plymouth Argyle but didn't make an impression and Plymouth decided not to exercise an option to purchase him outright.

As I understand it, contract and transfer issues have stymied Cooper's possible move to Portland. It's unclear whether the Timbers still believe a deal could be worked out. Cooper is in the second season of a third-year deal with Munich, which is looking to unload his contract. The club still owes transfer funds to MLS based on the original payment schedule and the league wants the money even if Cooper returns. In addition, Cooper's handlers were pursuing a contract settlement with Munich.

There might have been too many moving parts for it to work.

By Steve Goff  | January 5, 2011; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Germany, MLS  | Tags:  Kenny Cooper, MLS, Portland Timbers  
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Comments

Would that put United at the top of the allocation order?

Posted by: spidergoose | January 5, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Portland is in need of a proven scorer ahead of its inaugural season in MLS."

DC is in need of a proven scorer ahead of its 16th season in MLS.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 5, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Last year, Philly, as the expansion side, took the top spot in the allocation order (hence the trade to obtain the right to claim Perkins). I don't recall which of the two expansion teams took top spot this year, but United would be third in the order.

If Cooper is still under contract w/ 1860, though, I'm guessing a transfer fee would be involved, and I don't know that the allocation order will come into it. Goff, any clarification on the nuts & bolts?

Posted by: TheAMT | January 5, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Vancouver was 1st in the allocation order but they used that for Jay DeMerit. Now Portland is 1st.

Posted by: DemonJuice | January 5, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

United needs to bring him in

Posted by: ihillvt | January 5, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

all kenny can say is "thanks, dad"

Posted by: nairbsod | January 5, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

He would be the perfect add to DC. Dax-Cooper...now that would be a combo I would gladly shell out much cash to watch, even in B’more.

I’m still trying to get my head around why 1860 has to pay the rest of the transfer fee to MLS when MLS will now have to pay 1860 a transfer fee to bring him back. To be an MLS contract lawyer, that would be an interesting job.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 5, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

We want FrankenCooper!

Imagine

FWDS: KC Pontius

MIDS: Santino Basco Najar

Dax Simms

DEF: Zayner White Jacovitch James

KEEP: Cronin/Hamid

That would be the best team we've fielded in 5 years.

Posted by: dsheon1 | January 5, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

73 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 5, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

dsheon1 --

I am in full favor of that line-up, and would fully support the 2-3-2-4 formation!

MLS/FIFA would probably take issue with the whole 12 players on the field thing...

Posted by: tphasbdp | January 5, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"In addition, Cooper's handlers were pursuing a contract settlement with Munich."


Is that Insider slang for Papa Cooper?

Posted by: delantero | January 5, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

dsheon,

that's 4-5-2 formation. I'm all for it. 'Specially if the refs can't count.

Posted by: delantero | January 5, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

From Goff's twitter:

"Why? RT Ousmane Dabo set to agree MLS deal"

Why? Because DC United is going to keep digging in that vein, hoping to strike the fountain of youth. And, because they could use a Right back.

Posted by: fischy | January 5, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

dsheon,

that's 4-5-2 formation. I'm all for it. 'Specially if the refs can't count.

Posted by: delantero | January 5, 2011

In the world of FIFA a new Mercedes in Sepp’s driveway can have amazing influence over people’s eyesight.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 6, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Even with 12 players, they still couldn't score goals, and the defense looks porous.

Posted by: fischy | January 6, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Anybody out there know if Rooney's brother is any good? He was signed by MLS and is now eligible for the draft.

Posted by: croftonpost | January 6, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I heard Junior Carreiro's brother is available.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 6, 2011 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Anybody out there know if Rooney's brother is any good? He was signed by MLS and is now eligible for the draft.

Posted by: croftonpost | January 6, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

You answered your own question...
"He was signed by MLS"

If Lil Wayne had even the slightest potential of being a great player he would have been signed in England.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 6, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Our inability to field 12 players in the past has been a considerable setback. If the 12th is the cockroach, we probably could get away with it. ;)

Posted by: dsheon1 | January 6, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

To be an MLS contract lawyer, that would be an interesting job.
Posted by: Southeasterner | January 5, 2011 7:37 PM
==========

Here's the MLS attorneys' website.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 6, 2011 7:12 AM | Report abuse

In Boston today, soon to be enjoying clam chowder, Sam Adams lager and a 25-letter alphabet (no "r").

Can anyone suggest a good place for dinner? (Or is that "dinnah"?) I'm at Park Plaza. Any help is much appreciated!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 6, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Rand,

East Coast Grill 1271 Cambridge Street.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 6, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Rand, that's "chowdah" to you.

/about to move back to new england after 30 years away

//will not be rooting for the Revs

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 6, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Rand, not sure if you've noticed but Sam Adams has had a lot of different seasonal brews to choose from this fall/winter... Have you tried the Latitude 48 IPA yet? Mmmmmmm, beer.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 6, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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