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.
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.