BRENT LATHAM - Friday, July 31, 2009
FC Dallas and US national team striker Kenny Cooper has completed his long-awaited transfer back to Europe after three and a half seasons with the Hoops.

The 24-year old will join 2. Bundesliga club 1860 Munich following a medical examination. The southern German team is the former home of previous USMNT players Gregg Berhalter and Josh Wolff.

"As we all know, Kenny is the consummate professional; a great player on the field and a great ambassador for the sport of soccer off the field," FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock said in a press release. "With this transfer, Kenny will have an opportunity to return to Europe which is something he wanted."

Cooper has wanted away from Dallas for years, since completing a transfer to MLS from Manchester United in 2006. Interest from teams across Europe peaked after an eighteen goal season in 2008.

According to a source close the player, a deal with Norwegian team Rosenberg fell through last year after MLS refused to agree on a transfer deal without forcing the player to sign over his FIFA mandated ten percent of the fee.

Bristol City of England's Coca-Cola Championship was hot on the trail of the striker after Cooper's Gold Cup performance, in which he scored two goals in limited action as the US finished runners-up to Mexico.

YA's source says that with the Bristol City deal snagged by MLS' renewed refusal to let the player keep the FIFA-mandated ten percent, 1860 swept for Cooper by upping the offer to the point it made sense for Cooper to sign the ten percent over to the league, leaving Cooper Germany bound.

With Cooper set to become a free agent after next year, FC Dallas was also anxious to cash in on the striker before his value began to drop.

"From a timing standpoint, it was critical that we finalized a deal in this transfer window," Hitchcock said. "So as much as we all would have loved to have Kenny Cooper here for the stretch run of the '09 season, it was the right time for Kenny and it was the right time for FC Dallas."

Cooper scored 40 goals in 90 MLS games, including seven this year, since moving to the Lone Star state before the 2006 campaign.

He was named the Hoops' most valuable player in 2008.
Paul Lorinczi
Monday August 3, 2009 2:55 pm
Funny, the South Americans have competitive leagues and teams, yet they understand their money is made developing players. They then sell them for profit to European Clubs.

MLS on the other hand? Do they not understand this? The single entity most of all would make it easy to do it. If they sold x-number of players a year, how much revenue could they generate in the transfer market?

It would be interesting to learn more about it.
Ed C.
Monday August 3, 2009 4:55 am
MLS is just crazy. Its like corporate america - they don't give a crap about the workers/players but themselves and will demand all the money that they can get.

i don't understand this money stuff though regarding cooper. didn't he play out his contract? how long did he sign for? man, it seems like slavery to me!

i smell "strike" in MLS!
Brent Storrs
Monday August 3, 2009 4:44 am
Hey All, Just wanted to say how delighted I am that another American has signed with a European club. I think it is a great switch and hopefully he will get some playing time with the 2nd Bundesliga club. It is a good league to be in and if he can prove himself here then he should be able to move up. However, the league will be a big step up from the MLS.
I will be watching the highlight show on Sundays. Thanx for the Article YA.

Can someone do a piece on the transfer rules and the comparison between MLS and Euro leagues.

Saturday August 1, 2009 4:06 pm
Yeah, I'm wondering the same thing as Jason. How can MLS go against the FIFA mandated rule of giving 10 % of the transfer fee to the player? Was that something the MLS always does, or was it just a one time deal with Dallas and Cooper?
Ed C.
Saturday August 1, 2009 1:29 pm
yeah walter, kenny sr. did a lot for soccer and i have respect and appreciation for the early pioneers but am annoyed as hell that the current crop of us soccer fools are allowed to drag the name of american soccer down. gulati is pathetic and Alan Rothenberg calling him, "the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country" is laughable. if he cared about the state of soccer, he would get rid of bradley and hire a friggin' coach that knows what he's doing!!

as for MLS... someone here said its a death camp, and i couldn't agree more. MLS wants more money than the players are worth, that puts european clubs off from buying them. even a loan deal is pathetic with the crazy money MLS wants for that. its a form of slavery! the league will either die off or everyone will lose interest. its more Minor League Soccer than Major League Soccer!

i really tried to like MLS but its just so bad, mainly the way its run. when they do things right - relegation and promotion, then it will perhaps be taken a bit more seriously.

thats my two cents worth!
Saturday August 1, 2009 1:19 pm
I'm wondering the same thing as John. Maybe someone can write an article explaining transfer fee rules, and the difference in the way MLS handles them. Does labor law allow your employer to take your money? It seems any time someone wants an American player, MLS overprices them or just flat-out refuses. Or maybe who someone knows of a blog, could provide a link. Thanks.
Saturday August 1, 2009 12:52 pm
If I were to try to critique Cooper, I might just like to see Cooper take some "Salsa lessons" lol and try to work some more Latin-style back-heel touches and the like into his game. But as a target forward he's solid, that's for sure.
Walter Crawford
Saturday August 1, 2009 12:00 pm
Kenny's dad ,Kenny Cooper Sr., was one of the pioneers that brought soccer to the US. And thanks to Lamar Hunt,the father and savior of professional and US Soccer, the sport is what it is today. Because of their efforts, Kenny and others are recognized as being able to play for teams throughout the world.

We soccer fans owe a debt of gratitude to those early pioneers.

Good Luck Kenny ,we'll miss you in Dallas but we will be with you In Germany

Walter Crawford
bootom line
Saturday August 1, 2009 2:05 am
MLS just doesn't get it
John Russum
Saturday August 1, 2009 1:06 am
Re: last posted comment. The word "can't" should read "can". Thanks for the correction. Calling out YA readers who know "the business of soccer".
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