90 minutes. Sometimes you don't get a lot of time to make an impression on a season.
Fortunately for Orange County Blues goalkeeper Josh Cohen, his hard work in getting signed to the club in August, and then getting the chance to play in a game, despite being the third 'keeper by season's end, getting those 90 minutes represents a real accomplishment of sorts.
Cohen, 23, joined the club after a collegiate career at UC San Diego and a stint in the USL PDL with the Burlingame Dragons. While goalkeeper remains a position of strength within American soccer overall, there are plenty of stories of 'keepers who have come from obscurity to rise to great heights. With limited exposure it's hard to tell who are the decent pros and who are the special talents.
On a more practical level, Blues coach Oliver Wyss gave Cohen his pro debut, in September against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, on the road, in the penultimate regular season game. The result? A 1-1 draw. Not bad for the rookie, especially since he couldn't have really done anything on the lone goal he conceded.
If you're interested in checking out Cohen's game action this season, here are the highlights for the draw against WFC2:
Here are Cohen's full stats for the season:
|Games Played||Games Started||Minutes||Saves||Save %||Goals Allowed||GAA||Wins||Shutouts|
|USL Regular Season||1||1||90||4||80||1||1.00||0||0|
|U.S. Open Cup||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
So again, in just one game, and for a rookie, it's hard to really evaluate a season. Cohen was solid in his lone appearance for the Blues, and helped them get a result on the road when they were in the thick of the playoff race. That's nothing to sneeze at. What that means for the future, however, is anyone's guess.
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