Photo courtesy Michael Rincon / Phoenix Rising FC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Tuesday it had signed goalkeeper Josh Cohen for the 2018 USL season, with a club option for the 2019 season, bringing the standout shot-stopper back to California after spending the 2017 season with Phoenix Rising FC. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
“Finding a goalkeeper was a big challenge, but as we see now our recruitment efforts have paid off,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We believe Josh has the skill set to become a significant asset for our club moving forward, and his stats last season, leading one of the best defenses in USL, back that up.”
Cohen joins Republic FC after helping lead Rising FC to its first appearance in the USL Cup Playoffs as he helped the club record the third-best defensive record in the USL Western Conference over the regular season. Cohen played in a single season-high 28 matches in Phoenix, recording a 1.13 goals-against average, eight shutouts and a 71.2 percent save percentage as he earned the USL Player of the Month award in September.
Cohen has been a fixture in the USL for the last three seasons, having previously featured for Orange County SC. One of his biggest career highlights came in the 2016 season when he helped the Southern California club reach the postseason, and then spring a penalty shootout victory against Republic FC at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Prior to turning professional, Cohen was a standout for the Premier Development League’s Burlingame Dragons, and had a stellar collegiate career at UC San Diego where he earned NSCAA Division II All-America honors. In 51 matches for the Tritons, Cohen allowed only 29 goals and amassed an 84.7 percent save percentage along with 22 shutouts.