Photo courtesy Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC
OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC announced on Tuesday it had re-signed goalkeepers CJ Cochran and Jacob Lissek for the 2017 USL season. Both signings are pending league and federation approval.
Cochran joined Energy FC last season and appeared in six games across all competitions and finished with a 2-2-2 record in those games. Cochran 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 penalty kicks in a shootout with the game on the line and then scored to lead Energy FC to victory. He also started the side’s Fourth Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against FC Dallas.
“CJ did extremely well for us last year,” said Energy FC Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen. “The games he had to step in for Laurendi, he did a very good job. He’s a very reliable backup. He brings a lot of positive energy to the team; he’s a fantastic guy to have on the roster.”
During the 2015 season, Cochran appeared in nine matches across all competitions with the Atlanta Silverbacks and posted a 3-3-3 record with a 1.22 goals against average. Prior to joining Atlanta, the 6-foot-4 keeper from Alpharetta, Ga. excelled at Georgia State, where he remains the program’s leader in goals against average (1.33) and finished his career with the third-most clean sheets (11) in program history.
"I'm excited to return to the Energy and be a part of a great organization in a wonderful city,” said Cochran. “I'm eager to help bring a championship to Oklahoma City.”
Lissek, a 6-foot-3 keeper from Highlands Ranch, Colo. played collegiately with Farliegh Dickinson where he amassed a 39-21-12 record and a program-best 26 clean sheets. Following a stint with fellow USL club 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,” said Nielsen. “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.”
"I am excited for the upcoming season with my great teammates, coaches, staff and for the Oklahoma City Fans,” said Lissek.