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Adam Moffat traded again, sent to FC Dallas for rights to Kenny Cooper

Dec 13, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

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A busy day of Major League Soccer movement continues, as the Seattle Sounders have once again put Scottish midfielder Adam Moffat on the move.

The 27-year-old veteran was sent back to Texas, this time to FC Dallas for the rights to negotiate a contract with Kenny Cooper.

It’s the second time Moffat has been traded in the last four months, with Seattle acquiring him from Houston in September for Servando Carrasco and a SuperDraft pick.

Seattle continues to revamp their squad, with their fourth trade this week molding and shaping the look of the team.

Just recently, the Sounders added defender Chad Marshall from Columbus, sent Maurio Rosales to Chivas for Tristan Bowen, and picked up goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

They may not be done either, with the future of Eddie Johnson in the balance thanks to Cooper’s arrival.

Dallas certainly will appreciate the addition of Moffat’s veteran presence in the midfield, but they were forced to give up a pure goal scorer, leaving Blas Perez all alone for the moment as their major goalscoring threat.

Cooper, coming off an 18-goal season in 2012 in New York, struggled for much of last season with FC Dallas. He bagged just six goals in 31 appearances and was relegated to substitute duties for much of the second half of the year.

The 29-year-old striker will still need to work out a contract with Seattle.  He made $342,000 last year in Dallas.

It’s been known for a bit that Cooper’s days with Dallas were numbered when he couldn’t come to terms on a new contract with Dallas.  However, with his removal yesterday from the re-entry draft just hours before it began, it appeared something was on the cards.

  1. dws110 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Eddie Johnson, it tolls for thee.

  2. hildezero - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I never understood the trade for Moffat.

    • talgrath - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      They wanted to run a two defensive midfielder system, a 4-2-2-2 or a 4-2-4 depending on how you look at it (diamond up top), Moffat gave them a second defensive midfielder, but the formation simply didn’t work out. If you aren’t going to run a formation with two defensive midfielders there’s little reason to keep Moffat around except as a back up to Alonso, and Moffat is too expensive for that.

  3. talgrath - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    So it’s pretty obvious they’re looking for replacements to Eddie Johnson up top, bringing in a young striker from Chivas who may be good with the right system and a veteran striker in Cooper. My guess is that Dempsey will play as an attacking midfielder with either Cooper or Neagle up top with Martins up top most of the time. Evans plays on the right side of the midfield I would assume, though I’m not sure who would play left side now, maybe Caskey? I’m not sure, though if there’s one thing they should aim for in the draft, it’s a left-footed midfielder with good service to fill that gap.

  4. hildezero - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Oh I see. But there isn’t such thing of a 4-2-2-2 or 4-2-4. I think you mean a 4-4-2 with the diamond in the midfield. If that’s the case, then he would be a backup.

  5. ndnut - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I think of it as a 4-2-2-1-1 as
    Back 4
    Alonso-Moffat
    2 Wings (Evans and Rosales)
    Linking forward (Deuce)
    Target forward (EJ/Neagle)

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