|Hometown:||St. Louis, MO|
St. Louis native AJ Cochran suited up for St. Louis Scott Gallagher as a youth player and played his high school soccer for Christian Brothers College where he was an All-American and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri his senior year.
Cochran was voted an All-American again in college while playing for the University of Wisconsin. Also voted the Big Ten Defender of the Year in 2013, Cochran scored three goals and helped lead the defense to seven shutouts.
On January 16, 2014, the Houston Dynamo made him the 16thoverall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. In two seasons with Houston, Cochran made 26 appearances with 19 starts.
Cochran has also spent time with the U18, U20 and U23 national teams.