PHOENIX (December 21, 2016) — Phoenix Rising Football Club today announced it has signed former OC Blues FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen for the 2017 season. The contract is pending league and USSF approval and, per club policy, the terms of the contract will not be public.
"Josh is one of the reasons OC Blues FC made the playoffs and upset Sacramento in the first round," said Phoenix Rising Head Coach Frank Yallop. "He's a young, up and coming goalkeeper with solid experience, and we expect Josh to do well for us."
Cohen appeared in 13 regular season matches for OC Blues FC. He went 6-5-2 with four shutouts and a 1.23 GAA. He also started both of OC Blues FC’s playoff matches, helping OC Blues FC advance to the second round of the playoffs while notching a shutout and a 0.75 GAA. Cohen made the lone save of a penalty shootout to upset Western Conference champion Sacramento Republic FC.
While he was a goalkeeper at the University of California San Diego, Cohen was named a first team NSCAA All American his senior season (2013). Over his final two seasons he was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Defensive Player.
2017 Phoenix Rising Football Club Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen
DEFENDERS: Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo, J.J. Greer, Brock Granger, Victor Vasquez
MIDFIELDERS: Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Luke Rooney
FORWARDS: Moses Danto, Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Mike Seth, Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa
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