|Full name||Kenneth Scott Cooper, Jr.|
|Date of birth||21 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2004||→ Académica Coimbra (loan)||10||(0)|
|2005||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||7||(3)|
|2010||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012||New York Red Bulls||33||(18)|
|2014–2015||Seattle Sounders FC||22||(3)|
|2015||→ FC Montreal (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 January 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2014
Kenneth Scott "Kenny" Cooper, Jr. (born 21 October 1984) is an American association football player who is currently a free agent.
A forward, Cooper began his soccer career with Manchester United but failed to break through to the first team. He has since played for clubs in Portugal, Germany, England, the United States, and Canada.
- 1 Career
- 2 Career statistics
- 3 International career
- 4 Honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Cooper's father, Kenny Cooper Sr., played professional soccer as a goalkeeper in England before moving to the United States to play for Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League. Cooper was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and, under the mentorship of his father, he became an outstanding youth player. After retiring from coaching professional soccer, Cooper's father had settled the family in Dallas, Texas, where Cooper attended high school at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He was the Dallas area high school player of the year while playing, graduating in 2003. While playing with the Dallas Solar 85 Soccer Club in the Dallas Cup, an international youth tournament, Cooper caught the attention of several former NASL players who contacted Jimmy Ryan, Director of Youth Football at Manchester United. Ryan had also once played with Cooper's father when they were both with the Tornado. Ryan contacted the Coopers and invited Kenny to England for a trial. The fact that Cooper's father was a native of England helped grease the skids for Cooper as United did not need to acquire a work permit for him. Following a successful week-long trial, United signed him on a free transfer. At the time Cooper had intended to attend Southern Methodist University, but decided to forgo playing college soccer in order to pursue his professional career.
Cooper signed with FC Dallas on 6 February 2006 and made an immediate impact on the team. He made his first MLS appearance on 1 April 2006 and scored his first MLS career goal helping FC Dallas to a 3–2 victory against the Chicago Fire. Cooper made his first MLS start the following week against Real Salt Lake on 8 April 2006 scoring the team's first goal in a 2–1 victory. He finished his first MLS season tied for sixth in goals scored with 11 and made 31 appearances. At the start of the 2007 MLS Season, Cooper scored four goals in the first eight games before he suffered a broken right tibia in a 3–1 win against the Los Angeles Galaxy by a strong tackle from Tyrone Marshall that put him out for a majority of the season. This ended his hopes of playing in the 2007 Copa América and for the national team. Cooper ended the 2007 season with a total of 12 starts out of 14 appearances, four goals, and two assists.
Cooper was linked with a possible move to Cardiff City on 27 July 2008, after the club made a £2,000,000 bid. Norway's Rosenborg bid more than that and also offered a salary of $1.2 million. MLS ultimately rejected both bids and decided to keep him.
In the 2008 MLS season, Cooper led FC Dallas with 18 goals and started all 30 games. He was the only FC Dallas player to appear in all regular season games that year. Cooper finished the season tied for the league lead with four game-winning goals. 14 of Coopers 18 goals either tied or gave FC Dallas the lead, while the other four goals helped increase the team's lead. He was named to his first MLS All-Star First XI selection and MLS Best XI team. He earned back-to-back MLS Player of the Week honours for his two-goal performances against the Los Angeles Galaxy (4–0 win) on 27 July 2008 and Toronto FC (2–0 win) on 8 August 2008. Cooper was also named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year for 2008.
On 31 July 2009, FC Dallas announced that Cooper had been sold to 2. Bundesliga club TSV 1860 München. As per league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, German teams do disclose the amounts of transfers, Cooper was sold for $700,000 in 2009 it is known that the contract ran for three years. He scored his first goal for 1860 München in his debut on 9 August 2009.
On 28 January 2010, Cooper left Munich to return to England, signing for Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season. However, this option was not taken up by the club.
On 13 January 2011, TSV 1860 München announced that Cooper would not fulfil his contract which had been set to run until June 2012 and would be joining Portland Timbers on a free transfer. While Timbers technical director Gavin Wilkinson initially cautioned that a deal had yet to be struck, on 17 January 2011 he announced Portland had finally completed Cooper's transfer and that he would be joining the team pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. He scored the first MLS goal for the Portland Timbers in a 3–1 loss on their MLS debut, against Colorado Rapids on 19 March 2011. He scored his third goal of the season in a 1–0 win over Real Salt Lake. This marked the Timbers first shutout win and snapped Salt Lake's 18-game unbeaten streak.
New York Red Bulls
On 12 January 2012, Cooper was traded to the New York Red Bulls for a first-round 2013 MLS SuperDraft pick and an undisclosed amount of allocation money. He made his MLS regular season debut with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, 11 March, and scored his first goal for the Red Bulls against FC Dallas, his former team, at FC Dallas Stadium. Cooper was the top scorer for the team during the 2012 MLS Season.
Cooper was re-acquired by FC Dallas from New York on 4 February 2013 in exchange for allocation money. He appeared in 31 regular-season games during the 2013 season, scoring 6 goals.
Having failed to agree to a new contract with FC Dallas, Cooper was due to be made available in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft. However, on 13 December 2013, prior to the draft, Seattle Sounders announced that they had acquired the rights to negotiate a contract with Cooper, as well as allocation money, in exchange for midfielder Adam Moffat, and signed him to a contract on December 19, 2013. In his first season with the club Cooper helped Seattle in capturing the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup scoring six goals in four games, including a two-goal, two-assist effort in the semifinals against Chicago on 13 August. He was named the U.S. Open Cup Player of the Tournament.
|Académica Coimbra (loan)||2004–05||10||0||10||0|
|Oldham Athletic (loan)||2004–05||7||3||1||0||0||0||–||1||0||9||3|
|Plymouth Argyle (loan)||2009–10||7||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||7||0|
|New York Red Bulls||2012||33||18||2||1||–||–||2||0||37||19|
Statistics accurate as of match played 18 December 2015
After the retirement of Brian McBride, Cooper was considered to be a potential long-term solution at striker for the national team. Cooper got his first cap and first goal for the national team on 20 January 2007, against Denmark where he scored a goal after coming on near the end of the game. He then appeared in a game against Guatemala, which was played in his MLS club's home stadium, Pizza Hut Park, as a second half sub. He was unable to take part in the 2007 Copa América after he was sidelined with a broken right tibia. On 20 November 2008, Cooper got his first World Cup Qualifying start and his first World Cup qualifying-round goal against Guatemala in the final game of the semifinal group stage. On 18 July 2009, Cooper took a boot to the chest from Roman Torres of Panama, resulting in a penalty kick which he took to put the U.S. through to the semifinal round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Five days later, Cooper scored near the end of the match against Honduras to give the U.S. a 2–0 lead and to put them safely into the final of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has a total of 10 international appearances (caps) with 4 goals.
- Score and Result list United States' goal tally first
|1.||20 January 2007||StubHub Center, Carson, United States||Denmark||3–1||3–1||Friendly|||
|2.||20 November 2008||Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, United States||Guatemala||1–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|3.||19 July 2009||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States||Panama||2–1||2–1||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|||
|4.||24 July 2009||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Honduras||2–0||2–0||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|||
- MLS Best XI: 2008
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- Includes other non-friendly competitions, such as the Football League Trophy and MLS Cup Playoffs
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