Ockford loan extended through USL season

Nashville SC won’t be sending San Jose Earthquakes loanee Jimmy Ockford back to the Bay any time soon. His initial short-term stint with the Boys in Gold will last through the 2019 USL season.

From club release:

NASHVILLE (July 31, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the club has extended the loan of defender Jimmy Ockford through the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season. Ockford joined Nashville SC from Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes on July 15.

The 27-year-old center back had a dream debut for Nashville SC scoring a critical opening goal against in-state rival Memphis 901 FC on July 17 and earning his first clean sheet with the club in the 2-0 victory. He extended his shutout minutes to 180 on July 27 as he led the team’s defense into a 2-0 win over Indy Eleven at Nissan Stadium.

Ockford and Nashville SC (10W-5D-5L, 35 pts.) will have the opportunity to extend their shutout streak when they visit Swope Park Rangers on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN+.

 Transaction: Nashville SC extend Jimmy Ockford’s loan through the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season.

Nashville is unscored-upon since Ockford joined the club (albeit against a couple of fairly anemic offenses in Memphis 901 FC and Indy Eleven), and joined fellow season loan signing Forrest Lasso in the starting XI against the Eleven last Saturday.

The 27-year old centerback began his pro career after being selected out of the University of Louisville in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders, though his experience at the MLS level included just one appearance with Seattle, and 15 games last year for the Earthquakes.

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