Red Bulls make moves on draft day

Updated: January 12, 2012, 2:03 PM ET news services

HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls have signed 26-year-old Swedish defender Markus Holgersson and traded for forward Kenny Cooper.

The Portland Timbers dealt Cooper to the Red Bulls for a first-round pick in the 2013 draft and allocation money.

The trade was announced Thursday during Major League Soccer's SuperDraft.

Holgersson spent the past three seasons with Helsingborg in Sweden, scoring five goals in 80 appearances. He was selected for Sweden's national team for the first time this month.

Cooper had eight goals and two assists in 34 matches for the Timbers last season, but he was inconsistent.

The 27-year-old scored expansion Portland's first-ever MLS goal, but wound up coming off the bench for a string of games in July. He had four goals in the team's last seven games.

Cooper came to the Timbers after a stint in Europe that was marred by injuries. He was an All-Star with FC Dallas, and has 48 goals in 124 career regular-season MLS games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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