In his second season on loan to the New York Cosmos Jimmy Ockford was a rotational centerback earning spot starts and was a regular on the bench. The 24-year-old is now a free agent.
The ranking is based on several hundred Sounder at Heart readers’ votes. Realio rated every single MLS regular season and playoff game as well as the two CONCACAF Champions League matches. He did not rate USL or USOC play.
Jimmy Ockford 2016
Ock is a possession centerback that looks for short passes rather than booting it up. He has some skill in the air and must be marked well on set-pieces.
Solid, if not spectacular, defending earned Ockford playing time on an NASL side that targeted first division play and challenged for trophies every year they existed. Jimmy is best at filling space and cutting off lanes, rather than as a one-on-one defender. He can be beaten with skill. Good in the air and can contribute in dead ball situations.
Broad shouldered and willing to use them. Not particularly mobile.
Best Case 2017:
Jimmy is definitely starting quality in the lower divisions of US Soccer, and could be a rotational CB in MLS on a team with a youth movement.