Kenny Cooper and the MLS bargain bin: Sorting out his options

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This doesn’t happen too often, and you can credit the late-hour MLS labor negotiations for it: a veteran Major League Soccer forward is looking for a new team just one month into the season.

This veteran is Kenny Cooper, the one-time Manchester United and 1860 Munich man with 10 USMNT caps and four goals on his resume. Of late, he had been with the Seattle Sounders. The club was ready to see him off and couldn’t find a trading partner and now will end up paying whatever part of his salary isn’t picked up by a new club.

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If that leaves your head spinning a bit, hit up this post on Sounder At Heart. If not, let’s keep moving.

What we know is that, at least according to Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter, Cooper is headed to waivers.

So where could he land? Let’s indulge in some pure speculation

Montreal Impact – The destination most often discussed, Cooper could help fill the void created by the season-ending injury to Cameron Porter. The Impact were said to be an interested trade partner before the Sounders cut tie, but Montreal denied looking into the veteran.

DC United – The Maryland-born Cooper could move close to home, joining a DC strike force that is missing Eddie Johnson (heart condition). That could only be of extreme short-term interest for the Black and Red, however.

Philadelphia Union – Their young forwards — Andrew Wenger, Dzenan Catic and even DP Fernando Aristeguieta — could learn a lot from the well-liked Cooper.