Kenny Cooper to…Bundesliga 2

Beer and football, perfect together

Beer and football, perfect together

News out of Dallas this morning is that USMNT member and South Africa ’10 hopeful, Kenny Cooper is headed to 1860 Munich of the Bundesliga 2.

My brother refers to Cooper as “my boy,” but the reality is that I just like that he is a true striker. And Mark, everyone knows that Benny Feilhaber…well that adoration piece is coming shortly.

Cooper, for his part,  wants the ball and he wants ownership of the goal scoring responsibility. In contrast, Landon Donovan has much more skill (and plays in a different way), but really has never taken that onus until the Confederation Cup this year.

I think the Bundesliga is going to be an excellent and crucial fit for Cooper. While the exposure is not the same as some of the other European leagues, the Bundesliga boasts a very high level of technical soccer. Further, the cross–see: Michael Ballack–and header is just as big in that league as it is in the English leagues.

Is Coops a Carew in hiding?

Is Coops a Carew in hiding?

Speaking of the English leagues, while Cooper was unable to hack it at Manchester United where he had a trial out of college, I’m curious why none of the team (maybe they did?) pursued him.

If Kenny can improve his technical proficiency, I think there are correlaries to such noted EPL strikers as John Carew and to a lesser extent, Peter Crouch.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark T on 2009/07/31 at 1:48 PM

    As with all transfers of US players overseas right now, the most important thing will be playing time. To improve you need to play against higher quality competition, but I think it be more helpful to play anywhere (MLS) than to just practice and never see game action.

    I agree that Bundesliga is a good fit, Matt. I think Cooper’s size was attractive to 1860 Munich as he’ll match up favorable against the beefier Germans.

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  2. Posted by Wilson on 2009/07/31 at 9:36 PM

    I don’t know why scouts haven’t been giving this guy several tryouts, like Donovan. He has the skills, just his knowledge of the game is question. You are suppose to have these guys when there young to develop off the bench under your stars.

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