HOW ACQUIRED: Selected in the Second Round (21st overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2014.
When it comes to sturdy, stand-up central defenders, Ockford is a prototype. He’s not the tallest defender at 6-foot-1, but his mobility, buoyed by years as a forward, helps him stand out among even the top defenders in MLS. Capable of covering a broad range between both fullbacks, Ockford’s distinguished himself throughout his career as a quality man-marker capable of reaching just about any threat.
INTERNATIONAL: Ockford doesn’t have much recent experience with the U.S. player pool, but he did spend time in both the U18 and U20 player pools coming up.
OUTSIDE MLS: The roving center back spent much of the 2014 season on loan with the New York Cosmos, where he notably scored in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
COLLEGE: Ockford played each of the first three years of his college career as a forward at Maryland college Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to American Athletic Conference power Louisville in 2013. As a converted defender, Ockford was named the AAC Defender of the Year in his first year on the back line.