Tried to be clever with the headline. Failed. Oh well.
So Kenny Cooper is off to 1860 Munich, a 2. Bundesliga club. The speculation over his immediate future can end for the time being, and we can move on to the next American player likely to head overseas (anyone want to hazard a guess?).
The problem now, is that Cooper's transfer raises some interesting questions. Is Kenny's move a lateral one? Or is 2. Bundesliga a step up in competition?
Unfortunately, and I've mentioned this before, I'm not knowledgeable enough to know the answer to that question. While 1860 Munich is clearly, and by a mile, the second biggest club in their city and their stadium, they're certainly a a bigger club than any in MLS. That alone might make the transfer worth it for Cooper, who probably has an eye to another moving after a few years of playing in Germany.
But in terms of his development, is he really better off? Let's assume for a second (and I'm not arguing this, I'm just using it for this discussion) that 2. Bundesliga is, at best, a lateral move when it comes to the strength of the league. If that's the case, is Cooper actually hurting himself by accepting this transfer? Perhaps those rumors of Championship clubs in England looking at Cooper were false; I'd be shocked if he chose Germany over England if transfer fee offered up were anywhere near comparable.
Is the goal to just get out of MLS at any cost? Of course Cooper's salary should see a nice bump, so maybe that's all there is to it. Cash is king.
Maybe I'm over-thinking this, or maybe I'm just trying to fill a bit of time on a lazy Friday afternoon. I'll let you be the judge.
Is Germany's second division a step up for Cooper? Is he better off there than in MLS? Should we expect him to improve in Munich?
Inquiring minds want to know.