TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Kenny Cooper was there when the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry made its debut at the Major League Soccer level.
At that time, Cooper was representing the Rose City. When the Cascadia rivalry resumes on Saturday with the Timbers hosting the Sounders, Cooper will now be representing the Emerald City.
Cooper is part of a small group that has now been part of both sides of the most heated rivalry in MLS. Because of the often significant player movement during the league's offseason, it was inevitable there would come a point where key players for one team would eventually join the other.
It's happened for Seattle with the addition of Cooper. On the flip side, Seattle's first draft pick in club history, Steve Zakuani, and former goalkeeper Andrew Weber now play for the Timbers.