The news came Tuesday from the player himself, but the Sounders confirmed Wednesday that rookie defender Jimmy Ockford has signed with the team and been subsequently loaned to the New York Cosmos of the second-division North American Soccer League for the 2014 season.
Coach Sigi Schmid gave comment on the situation here.
Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said in a news release that Ockford is “a promising young defender who will provide competition and depth on our back line.”
Ockford is not expected to take up a roster spot for the Sounders. Here is some background from the team:
Ockford, 21, was selected by Sounders FC in the second round (21st overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Ockford spent his first three collegiate seasons at Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to Louisville for his senior season, where he was a 2013 NSCAA All-Midwest First Team selection and was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He has registered 210 minutes in four games for Seattle this preseason.