With the draft dust nearly settled the Portland Timbers must complete building the roster largely with talent they discover or can entice from somewhere else. In that vein the Timbers just announced officially they have signed Kenny Cooper.
The long rumored move brings to Portland a forward named to the MLS Best XI in 2008. In 90 regular season MLS matches with FC Dallas from 2006 through 2008, Cooper scored 40 goals and served up 10 assists. He spent the last two years in Germany playing for TSV 1860 München in 2.Bundesliga, where the 26 year old scored 3 goals in 15 appearances. This looks likely to be a major win for the Timbers, and the MLS.
Meanwhile it seems less and less likely the Timber will be able to entice US National Team player Robbie Findley into the fold anytime soon (the Timbers own in MLS rights), as he has officially been granted a work permit in the UK where he had signed with Nottingham Forest.
Tune into mao’s Football Show today on Cascadia.fm at 4pm for discussions on the latest Timbers and international soccer news, including final thoughts on the 2011 MLS Super Draft. Also check out the MLS Super Draft day interview with mao and Nevets at Dropping Timber!