Center back Jimmy Ockford recorded 31 appearances for Reno 1868 FC as he earned USL Championship All-League honors before signing with the San Jose Earthquakes the following offseason. | Photo courtesy David Calvert / Reno 1868 FC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville SC announced today the club has acquired defender Jimmy Ockford on a short-term loan from Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. The 27-year-old center back will be available for action when Nashville SC visits in-state rival Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. CST on My30TV and ESPN+.
Originally from Yardley, Pa., Ockford joined the San Jose Earthquakes from the club’s USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC in December 2017. Since then, the sturdy central defender has appeared in 15 regular season matches for the Quakes and two for Reno while on loan in 2018.
In the USL Championship in 2017, Ockford started a total of 31 regular season matches for Reno. He led Los Azules in minutes played (2,669) as they logged 10 shutouts during the regular season. Ockford was also among the league’s top-scoring defenders with four goals and was named to the 2017 USL Championship All-League Second Team.
After playing collegiately at both Mount St. Mary’s (2010-12) and Louisville (2013), Ockford was selected in the second round (No. 21 overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by Seattle Sounders FC. He spent his first season on loan with the New York Cosmos, scoring in both his Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and league debuts. He helped New York reach the semifinals of the postseason as the club recorded the second-best goals-against average in the league.
After spending the 2015 season with Seattle Sounders FC 2 in the USL Championship, he returned to the New York Cosmos on loan in 2016, when the club posted the best regular season record (20-7-5) and won the 2016 Soccer Bowl.