Odisnel Cooper

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Odisnel Cooper
Personal information
Full name Odisnel Cooper Despaigne
Date of birth (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Camagüey, Cuba
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Charleston Battery
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 FC Camagüey
2013– Charleston Battery 103 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Cuba 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 17, 2017.

Odisnel Cooper (born March 31, 1992) is a Cuban international footballer who currently plays for Charleston Battery in the United Soccer League.

Club career[edit]

Cooper played for hometown club FC Camaguey in Cuba. After defecting to the United States in late 2012, Cooper signed with USL club Charleston Battery along with fellow Cuban defectors Maikel Chang and Heviel Cordoves in 2013. When Cooper first arrived in Charleston, the club discovered that he was legally blind when playing without glasses.[1] After securing a pair of contact lenses, Cooper earned the Battery's starting position in goal where he has remained through the 2015 season, when he was named the club's player of the year.

International career[edit]

Cooper earned 7 caps for the Cuban national team in 2011 and 2012. He defected to the United States in October 2012 after leaving the national team in Toronto prior to a World Cup qualifier versus Canada.


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