MLS Draft 2012: Kenny Cooper Traded To Red Bulls, Report Says

Kenny Cooper's days with the Portland Timbers are, apparently, over. The forward has been traded to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a first-round pick next year and allocation money, according the Fox Soccer.

Cooper came to the Timbers with much fanfare at the start of last year. But after a good start in which he scored three goals in his first seven matches, he cooled off considerably. At one point, Cooper went 14 matches without a goal and actually found himself coming off the bench for five games in the middle of the season. Cooper did manage to finish stronger, bagging eight goals on the season, but many had already soured on him and the team had been rumored to be trying to move his rather large contract for some time.

Where Cooper will fit in with the Red Bulls is not entirely clear. Cooper would seem to make an odd pairing with Thierry Henry and he is making too much money just to come off the bench.

For more on this trade, be sure to visit Red Bulls blog Once a Metro and Timbers blog Stumptown Footy.

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