January 11, 2017
ON THE MOVE
Ex-Cosmos Ockford joins Reno team in USL
By Michael Lewis
|Jimmy Ockford, a member of two championship clubs in 2016, has signed with Reno 1868 FC for 2017.
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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Yet another former Cosmos is on the move again.
Seattle Sounders defender Jimmy Ockford, who played on loan with the North American Soccer League champions last season, has signed Reno 1868 FC for this United Soccer League season.
The deal is pending USL and U.S. Soccer approval.
“Jimmy is a very solid center back and a proven leader,” Reno head coach Ian Russell said in a press release statement Tuesday. “I believe he will make a big impact this year.”
Ockford, 24, is expected to play alongside Brenton Griffiths and Jordan Murrell.
“Jimmy (Ockford) is a very solid center back and a proven leader,” said Ian Russell, head coach of Reno 1868 FC. “I believe he will make a big impact this year.”
As it turned out, Ockford was a part of two championship organizations last season.
The Cosmos won the NASL title while the Sounders captured the MLS Cup.
Ockford is the seventh former Cosmos from the 2016 to wind up on a new team.
League MVP Juan Arango, a midfielder, and forward Yohandry Orozco recently signed with Zulia FC in their native Venezuela.
Midfielder Danny Szetela has joined NASL expansion side San Francisco Deltas. Forward Jair Arrieta has returned to his native Costa Rica to play with Herediano. Striker Lucky Mkosana has hooked up with FK Mariehamn, the Finland champions.
Bolivian international Yasmani Duk agreed to terms with Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.
Assistant coach Carlos Llamosa also won't be back. He has taken on similiar responsbilities with the New England Revolution (MLS).