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Kenny Cooper Returns To Dallas In Trade

Dallas sends allocation money to New York.


He is back folks, big Kenny Cooper is back. On the same day that FC Dallas acquired forward Eric Hassli, the team has also worked out a deal to land forward Kenny Cooper from the New York Red Bulls.

Dallas will send allocation money in exchange for Cooper.

"We're really excited to have Kenny Cooper back in Dallas," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "When I first became the coach at FC Dallas, Kenny was our striker. He won the Golden Boot that season. He is a proven goal-scorer, a Dallas boy returning home to his roots. Kenny is a leader with exceptional character."

Cooper played four seasons in Dallas before going to Germany in 2009. He was limited to 14 games in two 2.Bundesliga seasons due to injury. The forward re-joined MLS in January of 2011 when he signed with the Portland Timbers. Cooper had eight goals and two assists in 29 starts for the Timbers before being traded to New York for the 2012 season. He matched his career high in goals (18) last season.

"Kenny has long been a fan favorite here and we couldn’t be happier about welcoming him home to Dallas." -Dan Hunt, vice president of Hunt Sports Group

Today's two moves opens up a ton of options for Schellas Hyndman up front with Blas Perez. On one foot it gives Hyndman some flexibility for when Perez is gone with the Panama national team and it also creates competition at the forward position, something Hyndman has yet to ever have during his tenure as FC Dallas manager.

No word yet on how much allocation money Dallas gave up to get Cooper but I would imagine it was a decent chunk considering Cooper's salary (close to $300k in total compensation last year).

New York had been working all winter to move Cooper and it was only a matter of time before they did so. Dallas had been a rumored spot for Cooper for weeks now and after Brek Shea's transfer went through it was only a matter of minutes before the deal would happen.

This season just got a whole lot more interesting.