New York Red Bulls land Portland Timbers striker Cooper

New York Red Bulls have acquired striker Kenny Cooper from Portland Timbers. Cooper in exchange for conditional allocation money and next year’s first-round pick.

New York Red Bulls have acquired striker Kenny Cooper from Portland Timbers.

Cooper in exchange for conditional allocation money and next year’s first-round pick.

“We have a situation where we have Juan Agudelo who will play for the Olympic team. He’s going to be playing in qualifiers, he’s going to be away with the First National Team as it looks, and also play for the Olympic Team. So, he’s going to be away for a long time,’’ GM Erik Soler told the NT Post. “We simply need to ensure that we don’t get in a situation where we have injuries and have no one to put up top.

“Kenny Cooper is a player that I tried to move out of the U.S. five years ago, to Rosenborg in Norway, when he went to 1860 Munich. I think he’s a good player that will suit us. He’s big; he’s not really a target man, but he’s good with his feet, he can move around, and he can score goals. We scored a lot of goals last year and we’re going to try to score more goals this year.’’

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