Updated: Dec 11, 2019
NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC announced Monday that the club has extended the loan of Jimmy Ockford through the rest of the 2019 USL Championship season. The 27-year-old centerback joined from MLS side San Jose Earthquakes on July 15 on what was initially described as a "short term loan".
Ockford has started both matches since he arrived in Nashville, keeping clean sheets in both and scoring the winning goal against Memphis 901 FC. Paired with another new signing against Indy Eleven, Ockford was key to Nashville's first ever win at Nissan Stadium.
The move makes sense for everyone involved. Ockford has seen his playing time limited in San Jose after Matías Almeyda took over as manager. Staying in Nashville gives him much-needed competitive minutes, as well as the opportunity to potentially earn a spot with Nashville in MLS next season. For Nashville, they get the benefit of an MLS-level centerback partnership through for the rest of the season as they push for a USL Cup. An for San Jose, they were able to use Ockford's open roster spot to bring in striker Andrés Ríos.
With Ockford and Lasso at centerback (not to mention Ken Tribbett, Liam Doyle and Bradley Bourgeois in reserve), Nashville immediately have one of the most talented defensive pairings in the league. They're on the road against 16th place Swope Park Rangers this Saturday at 7 PM central.