FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock issued the following statement regarding transfer offers for Kenny Cooper.
"We received offers from multiple international clubs for Kenny Cooper during this transfer window, but we elected to decline them all. The international interest is a credit to Kenny, FC Dallas and the ever-increasing talent level in Major League Soccer. Winning championships is our priority, and we feel strongly that Kenny will continue to be an important part of our success as we compete for the MLS Cup this year and in the future."
It would appear that Cooper will be finishing the 2008 season in FC Dallas after all.
Out for the season
New York Red Bulls forward Oscar Echeverry will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee.
Echeverry had been playing banged up, and a scan of his right knee last week revealed a bone lesion. The Colombian is scheduled to have the surgery Aug. 7 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the team said Tuesday. He will be out for six months.
The Red Bulls placed him on the league's season-ending injury list.
Echeverry signed with the team on March 26. He started seven of nine games.
Echeverry, who previously played for Colombian First Division side Atletico Nacional, scored a goal in the Red Bulls' 1-0 exhibition win over Chivas de Guadalajara on June 25 in Glendale, Ariz.
In another move, the team signed Mexican defender Diego Jimenez to a developmental contract. The 22-year-old spent the previous three seasons with Tecos.
Big money for Euros
Last month's European Championship soccer tournament generated 1.3 billion euros ($2.03 billion) in sales from television rights, sponsorship, tickets and corporate hospitality, up 53 percent from the 2004 event.
"We set ourselves the challenge of organizing the best European Championship final round," the Austrian and Swiss football associations and Euro 2008 organizing committee said in a statement. "The results of studies and surveys show that we succeeded."
Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the final to claim the crown for a second time, 44 years after its only other major title. A record 14.5 million people in Spain watched the June 29 match, the highest recorded television audience in that country.
All 31 matches at the three-week event in Austria and Switzerland, including the championship game in Vienna, were sold out, lifting ticket revenue to 90 million euros.
Media revenue at the 16-nation championship was up to 800 million euros, from 560 million in 2004, commercial income increased by around 100 million euros to 280 million, and corporate hospitality sales more than quadrupled to 130 million euros. Net income rose to 250 million euros, from 223 million in Portugal four years ago, Austria's APA news agency reported.
Joey Barton, who was released from prison Monday, will remain a Newcastle United player, the Premier League soccer club said today.
"Newcastle officials can confirm they have met Joey Barton today, following which it has been agreed by everyone involved that Joey will remain with the club," the Magpies said in a statement on their Web site.
Barton, 25, was in May jailed for six months after pleading guilty to assault and affray following a confrontation outside a McDonald's restaurant in Liverpool city center on Dec. 27. He served less than half the sentence.
Dream come true
Lifelong Liverpool fan Robbie Keane said he considers the opportunity to play for the 18-time English champion a "dream come true."
Keane, 28, joined Liverpool Monday on a four-year contract after six years at Tottenham. The Ireland striker said the thought of playing for the Reds first surfaced in his childhood.
"I always wanted to be a footballer as a kid, but also to play for Liverpool," Keane said in a televised news conference. "Everyone knows I am a massive Liverpool fan, so to be sitting here today in a Liverpool tracksuit is a dream come true."
The move, which could bring in more than 20 million pounds ($39.7 million) for Tottenham, drew criticism from Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, who labeled it "an enforced sale" instead of a regular transfer.
Combined wire reports