Although Dirty South Soccer is a Atlanta United FC blog, one of the things we like to do from time to time is celebrate the game at all levels from local standpoint. As such, one of the things that caught my eye recently was a performance by CJ Cochran, an Alpharetta High grad (2010) that went on to have a successful career at Georgia State. Cochran departed GSU as the Panthers' all-time leader in GAA (1.33) and ranks third in clean sheets kept (11). After starting his pro career with the Atlanta Silverbacks last year, Cochran headed to USL side Oklahoma City Energy FC.
On Wednesday, OKC Energy took on PDL side Mississippi Brilla in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. After a scoreless draw that saw the underdog Brilla hang with the favored Energy, the match went to penalties. Eighteen rounds, in fact. With the Brilla looking to take a 10-9 lead, Cochran stopped back-to-back shots to keep things level. Then, the keeper took things to his own hands with a chance to win.
Great to see a local kid have his time in the limelight during a moment like this. OKC Energy advance to take on local foe and NASL side Rayo OKC in the USOC's third round on June 1.