MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Sunday that the club has acquired American striker Kenny Cooper via MLS waivers. As per league policy, details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Cooper, a veteran of eight seasons in MLS, is ranked 18th all-time with 75 career regular season goals. He has also registered 20 assists, playing in 210 games, including 172 starts, for 15,271 minutes. He also took part in seven MLS playoff matches.
“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to join the Montreal Impact,” said Kenny Cooper. “With the recent achievement of reaching the Champions League final, it's obviously a great time for the club. I am eager and determined to contribute to more success this year. It will be a privilege to represent a club, so rich in history and fan support.”
"We are very pleased to add Kenny to our roster," said Impact technical director Adam Braz. “We have spoken about wanting to add quality depth to our attack and we have done so with this signing. Kenny has scored 75 goals in our league and that says a lot about his abilities. He is an excellent person who will fit in well with our group. We have improved our team and we are looking forward to having him join our group."
Last season, Cooper played 22 regular season games, collecting three goals and four assists. He also helped the Sounders win a fourth US Open Cup, scoring six goals in four games, earning him the tournament’s MVP award.
During his career in MLS, he most notably completed two seasons of 18 goals, with FC Dallas in 2008, and with the New York Red Bulls in 2012. He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2008.
He played in the German second division with 1860 Munich, from 2009 to 2011, and then in the English second division with Plymouth Argyle, in 2010.
Cooper began his career with the prestigious English club Manchester United. He was then loaned to Oldham Athletic, in League One, scoring three goals in five games.
At the international level, Cooper scored four goals in 10 games with the US national team, finding his first goal in his first game on January 20, 2007, against Denmark. He participated in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualification matches for the 2010 World Cup.
Cooper will fly to Montreal on Monday and will be training with the team on Tuesday.
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthdate: October 21, 1984, Baltimore, MD
Previous club: Seattle Sounders FC
Acquired: April 12, 2015