Kenny Cooper

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Kenny Cooper
Kenny Cooper 1860 2009.JPG
Cooper in training, 2009
Surname Kenneth Scott Cooper, Jr.
birthday October 21, 1984
place of birth BaltimoreUnited States
size 192 cm
position Storm
Years station
0000-2003 Dallas Solar Soccer Club
2003-2004 Manchester United
Years station Games (goals) 1
2004-2006 Manchester United 0 0(0)
2004 →  Académica Coimbra  (loan) 0 0(0)
2005 →  Oldham Athletic  (loan) 10 0(3)
2006-2009 FC Dallas 90 (40)
2009-2010 TSV 1860 Munich 13 0(2)
2010 →  Plymouth Argyle  (loan) 7 0(0)
2011 Portland Timbers 34 0(8)
2012 New York Red Bulls 35 (18)
2013 FC Dallas 31 0(6)
2014-2015 Seattle Sounders FC 22 0(3)
2015 Montreal Impact 0 0(0)
2015 →  FC Montréal  (loan) 1 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2007-2009 United States 10 0(4)
1 Only league games are given.
As of May 25, 2015

Kenneth Scott "Kenny" Cooper, Jr. (born October 21, 1984 in Baltimore , Maryland ) is an American football player . He is used as a striker .



Kenny Cooper attended Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and was named High School Player of the Year in the Dallas and vicinity in 2003, which was also the year he graduated from high school. In the same year he took part in the Dallas Cup , an international youth club tournament, with the Dallas Solar Soccer Club , which attracted some former NASL players to him. They contacted Jimmy Ryan, the head of youth football at Manchester United . Ryan had played with Kenny Cooper's father in the NASL at the Dallas Tornados . He was invited to a trial training session and then signed by Manchester.

Manchester United

In his first year in England, Cooper played in the youth division of Manchester United, in 2004 he was promoted to the senior division. Until 2006 he was in the squad of ManU, but never made the leap into the first team.

At the beginning of the 2004/05 season he was loaned to Portugal to Académica Coimbra , but he did not play a single game for the Portuguese. After half a year he returned to Manchester and was immediately awarded to Oldham Athletic . Cooper was there ten times and scored three goals.

FC Dallas

Cooper at FC Dallas

In February 2006 he left the British Isles and returned to his hometown of Dallas, where he signed a contract with FC Dallas . In his first season he scored 11 goals in 31 games. In the following years he was a regular at the club. In the 2008 season , he was the only FC Dallas player who was on the field in all games. By the end of July 2009, he had played a total of 90 times for the franchise ; he scored 40 goals.

1860 Munich

In early August 2009, Cooper moved to the German second division club TSV 1860 Munich . He signed a contract until 2012 with an option for another year. On August 9, 2009 he came to his first assignment for 1860 Munich. At the game against TuS Koblenz he was on the starting line-up and scored the first goal of the season for TSV 1860.

At the end of January 2010, Cooper, who had to pause due to injury towards the end of the first half of the season, was loaned to the English second division club Plymouth Argyle until the end of the season. There he was substituted on seven times and had a total of 138 minutes of playing time.

In July 2010 he broke his ankle in the first training session after his return to Munich and had to take a break for several months. In the last game in 2010 against SC Paderborn , he made his first season appearance when he was substituted on in the 71st minute.

Return to the MLS

On January 13, the TSV 1860 Munich announced that Cooper will not continue its current contract to 2012 and with immediate effect from the newly established franchise Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer will change. On March 19, 2011, he scored the first MLS goal in the team's history at the Portland Timbers' MLS debut.

On January 12, 2012, Cooper moved to the New York Red Bulls. The Timbers received a transfer fee and a pick for the first round of the MLS SuperDraft . On the second day of the 2012 season, Cooper scored his first league goal for the New York franchise against his former club, FC Dallas.

In January 2013, Kenny Cooper returned to FC Dallas . There he scored six goals in 31 league games. At the end of the 2013 season , however, his contract was not renewed and he had to leave the franchise.

In early 2014, Cooper moved to Seattle Sounders FC ; he made his Seattle debut on March 8, 2014 against Sporting Kansas City . Cooper was used 22 times in the 2014 season , including twelve on the grid. However, he only got three goals, so he remained below his previous year's performance. He performed significantly better in the US Open Cup , where he scored six goals in just four games and was named the best player in the 2014 competition .

On April 11, 2015, Cooper moved to the Canadian MLS franchise Montreal Impact . Due to a serious knee injury, Cooper only made one game for Impact during the 2015 season . At the end of the season, Cooper left Montreal again.

National team

On January 20, 2007, he made his international debut against Denmark , in the same game he scored his first goal.

His first major tournament was the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup , where the United States' selection came in second. Cooper was able to mark two hits in the tournament.


Cooper's father, whose first name is Kenny, played as a goalkeeper in the North American Soccer League and later worked as a coach in the Major Indoor Soccer League . In 1996, Cooper Sr., from Blackpool , England , announced his retirement as a coach and moved his family to Dallas , Texas . Cooper Sr. and former soccer player Mike Renshaw jointly own a wine import business.

On January 7, 2012, Cooper married his girlfriend Molly Grimm in Charleston, South Carolina .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids . March 19, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  2. Keeny Cooper traded to New York Red Bulls . Fox Sports . January 12, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  3. Kenny Cooper in the database of (English)
  4. ^ Montreal Impact announce the acquisition of veteran MLS forward Kenny Cooper off waivers ( English ) MLS. April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  5. Should FC Dallas bring Kenny Cooper back? In: Big D Soccer, January 15, 2016, accessed January 19, 2016 .
  6. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives: Cooper soccer legacy adds a few feet )@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /