If you thought the one position the Red Bulls wouldn't acquire a player was at forward, you'd be wrong.
For A 2013 first round pick and a whole lot of allocation money, the Red Bulls picked up the rather large striker from the Portland Timbers in a move first reported by Fox Sports and just confirmed by the Red Bulls.
Some speculate that this means we're nearing the end of the Juan Agudelo era in New York, ever since it came out that Liverpool asked the Bulls FO what it would cost to put him in red.
The 27-year-old scored 8 goals in 34 appearances last season. Before heading to 2 Bundesliga side 1860 Munich in 2009, he had an impressive MLS stint with FC Dallas.
The move shouldn't come as a tremendous surprise, though. Yesterday on a conference call GM Erik Soler said the team wasn't looking for help in the draft.
UPDATE: Initially Ives Galarcep was reporting the consensus was that the Red Bulls got fleeced, but apparently, Portland only gets the allocation money if Cooper sticks around for a second year with the team.