The Ockford Files: Cosmos Defender Debuts Blog on EOS

Jimmy Ockford Cosmos Sounders

Contributing Writer

Hey Cosmos fans! My name is Jimmy Ockford and I will be writing for Empire of Soccer once a week for the season. In this post I will tell you a little about myself and how the start of the season is going.

I am from right outside Philadelphia and grew up playing club soccer for YMS Xplosion. I went to Mount Saint Mary’s University, which is a small Division 1 school in Maryland, for 3 years. The soccer program got cut after my junior season, so I transferred to Louisville in the spring of my junior year (2013) to play there for my senior season.

After the season, I was invited to participate in the MLS combine in Fort Lauderdale in mid-January. Right after the combine, the draft was held in Philadelphia, where I got drafted by the Seattle Sounders with the second pick of the second round (21st overall). It was great because my whole family was able to be there for it.

A little over a month into training with Seattle, they offered me a contract while we were in Charleston, SC for preseason and right away wanted to loan me to the New York Cosmos. I came to New York straight from Charleston at the end of February, just in time to start preseason in Dubai; not a bad place to start with the Cosmos.

Dubai was probably the most amazing place I’ve been to and it was a great experience. We stayed at the UAE FA complex and it was very convenient for our two-a-days because the field was in our backyard. It was easy for me to feel a part of this team from the beginning because of how welcoming everyone was. Right away I knew I was a part of the Cosmos family. Everyone gets along great and I think that was a big reason for their success last season.

As you know, we are 2-0 as of now and we are all very confident about this season. We have trained long and hard this whole off-season ready for another championship run! We put in the work every day to become better as a team and individually and are extremely excited for what has yet to come.

So now that you guys know who I am and where I’m from, make sure you check Empire of Soccer for weekly updates from me about your New York Cosmos!

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  • Welcome to the family!!

  • Dave from Dix Hills

    Maaaaaan why couldn’t you get a Red Bull player too Dave? Telling me you can’t entice one when you have guests on Seeing Red CONSTANTLY???? C’mon bro! (And congrats! Great get! Haha)

  • Dalton

    Jimmy is the man!

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