Kenny Cooper officially has a new home. The former Seattle Sounders forward was selected by the Montreal Impact through the league's waiver process. Although details of the transaction were not released, the Sounders previously confirmed that they had agreed to buy out Cooper's contract and will receive salary-cap relief as part of the deal.
"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to join the Montreal Impact," Cooper said in an Impact press release. "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."
When the Sounders first announced Cooper's release, it was widely rumored that the Impact were among the teams interested in acquiring the 75-goal scorer. There had even been reports that the Sounders had worked out a trade with Montreal only for Cooper to turn it down. The Sounders disputed those reports and this news seems to back up their version of the story.
Cooper joins the Impact at an opportune time. The Impact recently became the first Canadian team and just the second MLS team to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League final. The home-and-home series against Mexican giants Club America will begin on April 22 and conclude on April 29 in Montreal.
"We are very pleased to add Kenny to our roster," Impact technical director Adam Braz said. "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."