#3 | Defender
A.J. Cochran | #3
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Previous club: Phoenix Rising FC (USL Championship)
Pronunciation: AY-JAY COK-ran
Cochran joined Indy Eleven for the 2021 campaign 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.
He 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.