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After hoisting MLS Cup again, Cochrane returns to San Jose in expansion draft.

Ryan Cochrane
After starting for the victorious Houston Dynamo in the last two MLS Cup finals, Ryan Cochrane is returning to San Jose, where he spent the first two yearts in the league with the original Earthquakes.
-- Houston Dynamo web site photo --

SAN JOSE, Calif (Wednesday, November 21, 2007) -- Three days after starting for the victorious Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup 2007, defender Ryan Cochrane was a member of the expansion San Jose Earthquakes.

A member of the last two MLS champions, Cochrame now finds himself with a first-year club which used the expansion draft as a first step in the process of building a roster for the 2008 season, which starts in March.

Cochrane, 24, spent the first two years of his MLS career with the original San Jose Earthquakes, who had been in the league since the league's 1996 inception before moving to Houston. In Texas, the Dynamo has won the league championship in both years of its existence with Cochrane also in the starting lineup for the 2006 championship match.

The first Earthquakes claimed the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003, when Cochrane was a standout for Santa Clara University, about four miles from San Jose.

The new Earthquakes focused on defense today when they stocked thier roster with 10 players through the expansion draft.

Among the three defenders was Ryan Cochrane, who played for the victorious Houston Dynamo in Sunday's MLS Cup final. Other defenders taken were Clarence Goodson of FC Dallas and Jason Hernandez of Chivas USA.

Additionally, San Jose selected two players who can play both defense and midfield in James Riley (New England Revolution) and Ivan Guerrero (Chicago). Throw in defensive midfielders Brian Carroll (D.C. United and Chris Pozniak (Toronto FC) and the new Quakes now can focus on building an attack and finding a goalkeeper.

Cochrane, who is 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, was one of three Houston starters from Sunday's MLS Cup final available to San Jose in the exapnsion draft. Not slected were defender Craig Waibel and goalkeeper Pat Onstad, whose stunning, diving save in the 87th minute preserved the Dynamo's 2-1 come-from-behind triumph over the New England Revolution at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium.

The San Jose Earthquakes' selections in today's MLS expansion draft with age, previous club and position:

Ryan Cochrane, 24, Houston Dynamo, defender
Clarence Goodson, 25, FC Dallas, defender
Ned Grabavoy, 24, Columbus Crew, midfielder
James Riley, 25, New England Revolution, defender-midfielder
Joseph Vide, 23, New York Red Bulls, midfielder
Ivan Guerrero, 19, Chicago Fire, defender-midfielder
Brian Carroll, 26, D.C. United, midfielder
Jason Hernandez, 24, Chivas USA, defender
Gavin Glinton, 28, Los Angeles Galaxy, forward
Chris Pozniak, 26, Toronto FC, midfielder

Each ofthe existing 13 teams was allowed to protect 11 players, though no more than one senior international. Players whose contracts expired in 2007 could be included. No team could lose more than one player, while three clubs didn't lose any players.

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