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Sounders sign Kenny Cooper

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Sounders had acquired the big forward from FC Dallas in a trade for Adam Moffat last week.

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Kenny Cooper is officially a member of the Seattle Sounders after he was signed to a contract on Thursday. Cooper's rights had been acquired from FC Dallas along with allocation money last week in a trade for Adam Moffat.

Cooper was paid about $342,000 in guaranteed compensation last year, but the Sounders were surely looking to reduce that amount. While the MLS Players' Union probably won't update their salary information for a couple months, it seems like a safe bet that Cooper's number will probably start with no more than a "2."

Assuming the Sounders were able to get him in at a reasonable number, there's reason to think this can work out well. Although Cooper is coming off a disappointing season in which he scored just six goals in about 1,700 minutes, he has twice scored 18 goals in a season and done so as recently as 2012. Playing alongside Thierry Henry with the New York Red Bulls, Cooper was the second leading scorer in MLS that year and went to Dallas mainly as a salary-cap casualty.

What role Cooper will play with the Sounders is not quite clear. He seems to be miscast as a target forward, despite his big body but hasn't proven quite as adept as a face-up player when given those opportunities. Assuming he plays alongside Obafemi Martins, he'll probably be the one asked to do a lot of the dirty work and open up space for the Nigerian.