Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Previous club: Phoenix Rising FC (USL Championship)
Pronunciation: AY-JAY COK-ran
Indy Eleven continued to add to its roster in advance of the 2021 season with today’s signing of MLS and USL Championship veteran defender A.J. Cochran. Details of the contract that brings the Saint Louis native to the Circle City will not be released, per club policy.
Cochran joins Indy Eleven after spending the last two seasons with perennial USL Championship power Phoenix Rising FC. In 2019, his All-Championship Second Team campaign (26 starts, four assists) helped Phoenix capture the league’s regular season title. Cochran also appeared in 14 games during the shortened 2020 campaign, contributing a pair of goals en route to the squad winning the Western Conference Championship crown.
The recently-turned 28-year-old began his professional career with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, which selected the University of Wisconsin product in the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Cochran saw heavy minutes as a rookie in 2014, registering 19 appearances (14 starts), and saw action in seven more MLS regular season matches in 2015 before being loaned to the Championship’s Charleston Battery.
Cochran was a lineup mainstay in the Championship for Atlanta United 2 in 2018 and his hometown Saint Louis FC squad in 2016-17. In total, the 28-year-old has scored three goals and added eight assists across 118 Championship appearances since 2015.
They Said It:
Coach Martin Rennie: “A.J. Cochran is a player who knows what it takes to be successful in the USL Championship. His experience should be incredibly valuable to our squad. We look forward to A.J.’s contributions on the backline and in the clubhouse this season.”
A.J. Cochran: “I’m extremely excited to join such an amazing organization. Speaking with [Head Coach] Martin Rennie and the staff about their goals for the future of Indy Eleven and the type of talent they were bringing in was all I needed to hear. On top of that, getting to play in front of such an incredible fan base made my decision an easy one. I can’t wait to get out there with my new teammates and help bring trophies to our amazing club and fans.”