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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Talking About Kenny Cooper

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Cooper scored six goals this season for FC Dallas.

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Time for another name on the year-end roster evaluations for FC Dallas. We're going with the Roman theme of thumbs up or thumbs down for this series.

Today's subject, is forward Kenny Cooper.

Cooper has always been a fan favorite with the club. But 2013 was not the best year for the big man after he came off an 18-goal season for the New York Red Bulls in 2012.

A lot of the the struggles for Cooper stemmed from the fact that he was playing out of position for the majority of the season. Schellas Hyndman often used him on the wings rather than in a forward role with Blas Perez. If he did play up top, it was usually as a lone forward. A role he could certainly deal with but wasn't totally best suited for.

Cooper appeared in 31 games this season, starting 19 of them. His six goals and one assist were lowest totals since his injury shorten season of 2007, when he had just four goals.

Thankfully Cooper has always had a way of bouncing back after a rough season. He did so in 2012 in New York after a long year with Portland in 2011. We saw a different side of Cooper in 2013 too, one that even saw him earn his first MLS red card against San Jose.

His price won't be cheap to keep though. Cooper was one of the heavier contracts this past season for Dallas, earning a base salary of $325k. It would be nice to see that salary number come down but considering how he is still one of the faces of the club, I doubt it will. But that is just a hunch.

But we give the option to you, thumbs up to keep him, or thumbs down to let him go?