A good year
February 4, 2013

When key players depart Metro, we often write so-called obituaries. Of course, we can't write one for every player, considering the rate at which they tend to exit. So it's not just contributions, be they positive or negative, but also longevity that figure into the decision. One year with Metro? Those players are dime a dozen.

But a single year as good as Kenny Cooper's? That stands alone.

Many things have been said about Cooper during his time here, sometimes by his teammates (we're looking at you, oh, bearded Frenchman). It's almost like people expect perfection in a league where such is impossible. No, Cooper was not perfect. But he was pretty damn good. The best one-year player in team history.

The numbers don't lie. 18 goals in the league, second most in team history. 19 in all competitions, third most. But it's the one he missed that we'll remember most.

Scratch that: he made the penalty kick. If not for encroachment from the bearded Frenchman, the story of 2012 would have been oh so different. But to hear of Cooper crying, to hear of him being so effected by that loss... alas, the last loss of his oh-so-brief Metro career.

It was a good year for Kenny Cooper.

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