The Oklahoma City Energy FC has announced that they have re-signed goalkeepers Cody Laurendi, CJ Cochran, and Jacob Lissek for the 2017 USL season – pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
Laurendi will be making a return to Oklahoma City after a career-high season as the Energy’s starting man in goal. The 28-year-old goalkeeper posted a USL leading 12 regular season clean sheets last season, a stat that saw him earn a call-up to Puerto Rico’s National Team.
“He had a fantastic season with us in 2016 and earned a well-deserved Team MVP,” said Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen. “Cody is a rock-solid goalkeeper who got better and better for the team. He is a keeper that will win you points over the course of a season and his presence in the goal is absolutely brilliant. To be a contender for a league championship, you need a goalkeeper that can win you games. I’m sure Cody is that player for us. He will continue to play an important role for our club on and off the field.”
"I am grateful to the organization for believing in me and my abilities,” said Laurendi. “My sole focus since I have come to OKC is to bring a USL championship to the city that has welcomed me with open arms. The team will work day in and day out to make the dream a reality and I am excited to be a part of it moving forward!”
In addition to Laurendi’s return, backup goalkeeper CJ Cochran will stay in OKC for the 2017 season. Cochran joined the Energy last season after a stint with the now-dissolved Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL. In 2016, the 25-year-old Georgia State alum served as Laurendi’s backup, providing the Energy with a 2-2-2 record in six games.
Nielsen commented on Cochran’s return, expressing his gratification for the back-up.
“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.”
Cochran added, “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."
The Energy have also re-signed their third string shot stopper Jacob Lissek. After a stint with fellow USL side the Charlotte Independence, the 6-3 keeper joined the Energy in 2016.
Although Lissek’s field time was limited, Nielsen praises the young goalkeeper for his professional attitude.
"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.
Lissek commented, "I am excited for the upcoming season with my great teammates, coaches, staff and for the Oklahoma City Fans.”
Energy FC 2016 Offseason Signings:
- Sam Fink (Defender) - Saint Louis FC (USL)
- Danni Konig (Forward) - Energy FC
- Coady Andrews (Defender) - Energy FC
- Kyle Hyland (Defender) - Energy FC
- Daniel Gonzalez (Midfielder) - Energy FC
- Luis Martinez (Midfielder) - Energy FC
- Miguel Gonzalez (Forward) – Colorado Switchbacks FC (USL)
- Alex Dixon (Winger) – Jacksonville Armada (NASL)
- Alejandro Covarrubias – Los Angeles Galaxy II (USL)
- Cody Laurendi (Goalkeeper) - Energy FC
- CJ Cochran (Goalkeeper) - Energy FC
- Jacob Lissek (Goalkeeper) - Energy FC