HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on Dec. 14, 2017.
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 spent time in both the US U18 and U20 player pools.
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. Started 31 of Reno 1868 FC's 32 matches in 2017.
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.