A. J. Cochran
|Full name||Alec John Cochran|
|Date of birth||February 9, 1993|
|Place of birth||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2015||→ Charleston Battery (loan)||2||(0)|
|2016–2017||Saint Louis FC||49||(1)|
|2018||Atlanta United 2||30||(0)|
|2014||United States U23||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 27, 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 16, 2014
Cochran attended CBC High School in St. Louis, Missouri, where he played for the Cadets under coach Terry Michler, the winningest high school coach in the U.S. AJ won a state championship his junior year and was an All American his senior year. AJ was also Gatorade player of the year for Missouri his senior year. Cochran played three years of college soccer at the University of Wisconsin between 2011 and 2013, before signing a Generation Adidas deal with Major League Soccer. AJ helped take Wisconsin to the NCAA tournament his junior year and was a first team All American. While at college, Cochran appeared for both Michigan Bucks and K-W United FC during their 2013 seasons.
Cochran made his professional debut during a 4–1 loss to FC Dallas on April 5, 2014.
Cochran's option was declined by the Dynamo at the end of the 2015 MLS season.
Saint Louis FC
Despite going on trial with the Colorado Rapids in the 2016 MLS pre-season, where he scored a match winner against Sacramento Republic, Cochran was not offered a contract and signed with USL club Saint Louis FC on March 6, 2016.
Atlanta United 2
On January 24, 2018, Cochran signed with Atlanta United 2 of the United Soccer League. AJ finished a team high in minutes played and started 30 of 34 games for ATLUTD 2. He also finished 3rd in the USL in passes completed during the regular season (1,916). First amongst defenders.
Phoenix Rising FC
Cochran signed with Phoenix Rising FC on December 25, 2018.
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