Updated: Dec 11, 2019
NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC reinforced a struggling defense, signing centerback Jimmy Ockford on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.
Ockford, 27, has plenty of experience in both MLS and USL. After making 31 appearances for third place Reno 1868 FC in 2017, he joined San Jose in MLS, where he's found minutes hard to come by. He made 15 appearances for the club in 2018, but has yet to see the field in 2019, only making a matchday squad three times this season.
The move is a win for everyone involved. Nashville gets help on a defense that has struggled to maintain last year's form. It also allows them to take their time with Ken Tribbett, making sure he's fully healthy before putting him back on the pitch. Ockford will get some much needed minutes, hopefully getting him into some good form and allowing him to return to San Jose ready to contribute.
The loan deal has been officially described as "short-term". Most likely this means Ockford will spend a couple weeks with Nashville and return to San Jose before the season is over, similar to what David Edgar did last year.
Ockford was a full participant in Nashville's practice session this morning. He will wear the no. 15 shirt and will be available for selection on Wednesday against Memphis 901 FC.
Transaction: Nashville SC acquire Jimmy Ockford on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes.
Birthdate: June 10, 1992
Hometown: Yardley, Pa
Last club: San Jose Earthquakes
How Acquired: Signed on loan on July 15, 2019