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Monday, February 4, 2013
Kenny Cooper returning to FC Dallas

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FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas is bringing back former All-Star forward Kenny Cooper in a trade with the New York Red Bulls.

Also Monday, FC Dallas acquired forward Eric Hassli from Toronto FC for a conditional second-round pick in 2014.

The Cooper deal sends allocation money to New York for Cooper, a former Dallas high school standout who scored 11 goals in 29 starts when he made his MLS debut in 2006.

Cooper had 18 goals and three assists in 30 starts 2008, when he was an All-Star and the league's comeback player of the year after an injury-shortened 2007 season.

Cooper was transferred to 1860 Munich during the 2009 season and was limited by injuries in two seasons there. The 28-year-old returned to MLS with Portland before getting traded to New York.

Toronto FC general manager Kevin Payne said the Hassli deal creates salary cap room and opens a designated player spot for the Canadian club.

Hassli was acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps last July. The 31-year-old Frenchman made eight appearances with Toronto FC, scoring three goals and adding two assists in all competitions.

Hassli made $790,000 last season, of which $350,000 counted against the salary cap because of his designated player status.

Information from Press Association was used in this report.




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