Ex-1860 Munich, NYRB striker Cooper opens Seattle Sounders account

Kenny Cooper scored his first goal for new club Seattle Sounders on the weekend.

Kenny Cooper scored his first goal for new club Seattle Sounders on the weekend.

The former 1860 Munich, Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls striker, who joined the Sounders from FC Dallas in the offseason, netted the opening goal as Seattle eventually lost 2-1 to Columbus Crew.

Following Cooper’s 22nd-minute strike, which came from an Obafemi Martins pass, captain Djimi Traore was sent off for bringing down Dominic Oduro in the area in the 58th minute.

Federico Higuain stepped up to convert the ensuing penalty before Justin Meram netted an injury-time winner to deny the Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

After the match, Cooper spoke of the disappointment the Sounders players felt but suggested it was not a performance worthy of a defeat.

“It was a tough one. Like you said, the guys put a ton of work in,” said Cooper.

“Having the lead was good and unfortunately got a red card and weren’t able to hold on at the end. The guys fought hard and you’ve got to give Columbus credit for fighting back the way they did.

“Give them credit, they fought till the end. They had a man up, but they battled ’til the end. I thought we battled to the end, too, and you know, unfortunately, we walk away with no points.”

 
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