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Former Badger Cochran called in to U.S. Under-23 camp in Bahamas

08/02/2014, 12:00am CDT
By ERIC ANDERSON
A.J. Cochran

Houston Dynamo defender A.J. Cochran (UW) will head to the Bahamas for a training camp with the U.S. Under-23 national team next week.

The rookie won't miss any Major League Soccer matches, as he will meet up with the squad on Monday in Nassau following the Dynamo's home game against D.C. United on Sunday night.

U.S. national team staff coaches Tab Ramos and Andi Herzog and goalkeeper coach Chris Woods and Under-18 national team coach Javier Perez will oversee the camp, which includes a friendly against the Bahamas senior national team on Wednesday. The Under-23 team is preparing for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The 21-year-old Cochran, selected by the Dynamo with the No. 16 selection in the MLS SuperDraft in January, has made 11 appearances (six starts) this season. He was the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a junior for the Badgers last fall.

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