December 28, 2012 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - San Antonio Scorpions
SAN ANTONIO, TX (Dec. 28, 2012) - San Antonio Scorpions star Ryan Cochrane has announced his retirement from professional soccer. After nine years of playing professionally for six different clubs, Cochrane, 29, has accepted an offer to coach at his alma mater, Santa Clara University, for whom he played for in 2001-2003.
Cochrane's professional debut as a defender was with the MLS San Jose Earthquakes in 2004. From there he went on to play for the Houston Dynamo, the New England Revolution and most recently with the San Antonio Scorpions. During his career he played in 173 matches scoring 6 goals. Cochrane also played in 2 MLS Cups, won 2 MLS Western Conference Championships, was awarded 1 MLS Supporters Shield and was named one of NASL Best XI Players in 2012.
"Working with Ryan was a great experience; he was an important factor in our success for last season and always was a pleasure to coach," said Scorpions Head Coach Tim Hankinson. "We wish him the best of luck in his transition with the next stage of his life."
Coaching following his playing career has always been a goal for Cochrane. During his season with the Scorpions, Cochrane was asked what he would be doing if he was not a professional athlete and he replied, "I would be coaching soccer and playing a lot of golf."
"I'm truly honored to have spent my final season with the San Antonio Scorpions," said Cochrane. "From top to bottom the organization is first class and I wanted to thank everyone involved for welcoming me into their family."
Although Cochrane may be moving on to a new career, he will take his experience with the Scorpions along with him.
"What the club stands for goes far beyond competition and athletics and it's a fantastic example for athletes, fans and all those in the community," said Cochrane. "It is a club to be proud of and I was certainly proud to wear the colors. I will always be grateful for my time spent in San Antonio and I will be a lifelong fan of the Scorpions and the cause the organization represents."
With the signing process well under way, Coach Hankinson will continue to build the Scorpions roster.
"We will work hard to fill the hole that Ryan's departure leaves. We have plenty of time to find a talented replacement and there has already been significant interest from premier players around the world who want to come to San Antonio, play in a magnificent new stadium and win a NASL championship."