Energy FC re-signed goalkeepers CJ Cochran and Jacob Lissek for the 2017 season, head coach Jimmy Nielsen announced today. The contracts are pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
Cochran joined Energy FC last season and appeared in six games across all competition and finished with a 2-2-2 record in those games. He played in some of the team’s most intriguing matches, including the win in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Mississippi Brilla FC. During that match, he kept a clean sheet and then stopped back-to-back penalties with the game on the line and scored in the penalty shootout to lead Energy FC the win. He also started the side’s 4th round U.S. Open Cup match against FC Dallas.
During the 2015 season, Cochran appeared in nine matches across all competition with the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) and posted a 3-3-3 record with a 1.22 goals against average. Prior to joining Atlanta, the 6-4 keeper from Alpharetta, GA excelled at Georgia State where he remains the program’s leader in goals against average (1.33) and the third-most clean sheets (11).
“CJ did extremely well for us last year. The games he had to step in for Laurendi, he did a very good job. He’s a very reliable backup,” said Nielsen. “He brings a lot of positive energy to the team; he’s a fantastic guy to have on the roster.”
"I'm excited to return to the Energy and be a part of a great organization in a wonderful city. I'm eager to help bring a championship to Oklahoma City," said Cochran.
Lissek, a 6-3 keeper from Highlands Ranch, Colorado played collegiately with Farliegh Dickinson where he amassed a 39-21-12 record and a program-best 26 clean sheets. Following a stint with the Charlotte Independence, Lissek spent the 2016 season with Energy FC. He appeared in Energy FC’s match against Chivas de Guadalajara on June 28. One of his saves against the well-known club from Liga MX was voted the Save of the Year by Energy FC fans.
"Jacob developed a lot last year. It’s been a very good environment for him. He comes in day and day out with a good attitude. It’s not easy to be the number three goalkeeper, but he stayed very focused on his development and we’re happy to have him,” said Nielsen.
"I am excited for the upcoming season with my great teammates, coaches, staff and for the Oklahoma City Fans,” Lissek said.
Cochran and Lissek join forwards Miguel Gonzalez, Danni Konig; midfielders Luis Martinez and Daniel Gonzalez, and defenders Sam Fink, Kyle Hyland and Coady Andrews as players officially signed for the 2017 season.
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