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17 January, 2011

Kenny Gets Green

Cooper. Another in a list of forgotten USMNT. He had such a promising start. 40 goals in 90 appearances for Dallas. ~$1mil contract to just to Germany and play his up and coming start in the Bundesliga 2. And then a broken ankle, as well as several other minor injuries derailed his start.

Kind of expected him to pop up somewhere with a tshirt that says "I went to Germany and all I got were those 2 goals". Yeah, and 12 appearances (15 app, 3 g if you count all matches). It wasn't as if he was bad, just slow. And in Europe, that gets exposed pretty easily. He did marginally better with 3 goals in 5 appearances on loan to Plymouth Argyle earlier this season.

So, without much further ado, Kenny has come home. Well, sort of. He's your newest Portland Timber.

Word is, he's healthy. He knows MLS, and a big bruising forward can do some serious damage in this league.
“I am really excited to be returning to MLS and joining the Portland Timbers for their inaugural MLS season,” said Cooper. “It 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.”
Sounds promising. Portland has a quality team they've mashed together. So are we going to see another Sounders run? Going to have to wait to see... and hopefully Kenny can stay healthy for that run.

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