[MLS 2013 COUNTDOWN] FC Dallas moved quickly the bolster its roster following the transfer of Brek Shea, acquiring Kenny Cooper from the New York Red Bulls and forward Eric Hassli from Toronto FC. Dallas sent allocation money to New York and
a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 SuperDraft to Toronto. For more on the trades from the points of view of the buyer and sellers, plus preseason moves from Chicago, Chivas USA and Real Salt
Cooper won the Golden Boot and made the MLS Best XI in 2008 when he scored 18 goals for FC Dallas.
“We’re really excited to have Kenny Cooper back in Dallas,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “When I first became the coach at FC Dallas, Kenny was our striker. He won the Golden Boot that season. He is a proven goal-scorer, a Dallas boy returning home to his roots. Kenny is a leader with exceptional character.”
Halfway through the 2009 season, Cooper was transferred to 1860 Munich in Germany, but the move did not work out and he returned to MLS in 2011.
After one season in Portland, Cooper moved to the Red Bulls, where he matched his career high in goals (18) last season, but New York needed to clear his salary and acquire allocation money to make room under its salary cap.
Dallas is Hassli's third team in the last year. He joined Toronto FC in July 2012 in a trade with Vancouver and scored three goals and two assists in eight appearances with Toronto. Prior to the trade, Hassli appeared in 44 matches for Vancouver, scoring 12 goals and five assists during league play.
“Eric Hassli is a very good player with an incredible resume,” added Hyndman. “He fits our needs. He is a big striker who holds the ball very well and is a great goal scorer. Hassli is also a player who can complement Blas Perez, allowing us to play in a two-striker system.”
FC Dallas also announced it had also waived Brazilian forward Pipico, who was signed in the offseason.
MLS PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Monday, Feb. 4
UC Irvine 2 (Santana, Hayes) Real Salt Lake 0.
CHICAGO. The Fire confirmed the acquisition of midfielder Dilly Duka and the right of first refusal to U.S. international Robbie Rogers from the Columbus Crew in exchange for striker Dominic Oduro. Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon said Duka would add depth to the wing. "This was a very difficult decision, however," added Leon. "Dominic had expressed interest in pursuing an opportunity for a starting position."
CHIVAS USA. Dennis Te Kloese, the sporting president of Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara, says the future of U.S. U-20 left back Juan Pablo Ocegueda is with Chivas USA. The player's desire to represent the USA goes against Guadalajara's policy of only fielding Mexican nationals. Te Kloese had Ocegueda with him when he ran the academy program at Tigres.
REAL SALT LAKE. Midfielder Javier Morales should be back on the field in about 4-6 after undergoing successful surgery to clean up a lateral meniscal tear in his right knee on Monday in Salt Lake City. Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cooper described the injury as very similar to the injury he suffered in MLS Cup 2009 on his left knee and said the surgery was "uncomplicated." Morales initially suffered the injury during RSL’s 2-0 loss to the Danish U-20 national team on Jan. 28. It lost its second preseason scrimmage on Monday night when it fell at UC Irvine, 2-0.
TORONTO FC. A conditional second-round pick in the 2014 SuperDraft might seem inadequate compensation for a Designated Player, but TFC president Kevin Payne was satisfied with what his club got in the Hassli trade. "We are satisfied with the terms of the trade," he said. "If Eric has a productive year for Dallas, the consideration paid to us will be greater. The most important aspect of this deal is creating salary cap room and a designated player spot."
MLS PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles Blues at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
*Portland vs. Seattle (The Desert Friendlies) at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.