In a shocking move, the Seattle Sounders FC cut Kenny Cooper just one month into the 2015 season. The veteran forward arrived in 2013 via trade with FC Dallas. In 2014, Cooper had 22 appearances, scoring 3 goals and 4 assists.
Kenny has 8 years in the MLS and is ranked #17 in total goals scored in MLS history (with 75). The 30 year old scored 6 goals in last year’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, earning him player of the tournament and the Sounders FC’s 4th Open Cup trophy.
GM Garth Lagerwey admitted this was purely a money issue. From MLSSoccer.net:
“I honestly wished we could have kept him,” Lagerwey said. “But it was one where long term we just didn’t see a way forward on the numbers where he was based on where our budgets were.”
Lagerwey went on to state that the Sounders had tried to look for a trade partner, but were unable to work out any deals.
“Would I have loved to trade a player rather than waive him and get nothing for him? Yes, I would prefer to trade him,” Lagerwey said. “But there was not a market we were able to explore. … Guys with big [salary] numbers are a little bit more challenging to move in the short term.”
It was a bit curious to get rid of Cooper (a forward) with Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsy on the injury list. Ultimately though, Cooper doesn’t fit the mold of a Lagerwey team. Because Cooper had seen limited time on the pitch and wasnt in the 18 for the first 2 games, the writing was on the wall.