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Schmid says season with Cosmos will help Ockford: "He's definitely a player for the future"

Both clubs have not confirmed the loan of Sounders' second-round draft pick Jimmy Ockford to the New York Cosmos.

"We really like Jimmy as a player," coach Sigi Schmid said. "Today he had to play outside back. He's really much more of a center back, but we're pleased we were able to sign him and at the same token find an opportunity where he's going to get games. So the loan with the Cosmos is great because he's going to get a full season worth of games there and I think that will help his development because he's definitely a player for the future."

Below is the news release from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC has signed defender Jimmy Ockford and loaned him to the New York Cosmos for the 2014 season, club announced today. 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.

And here is the news release from the Cosmos:

The New York Cosmos announced today that the club has acquired defender James Ockford on loan from the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ockford, 21, was drafted by Seattle in the second round (21st overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The Yardley, PA native finished his college career with a strong senior season at the University of Louisville, playing center back for the Cardinals.

“James is a promising young defender who will provide competition and depth on our back line,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said.

At Louisville, Ockford helped the team to the inaugural American Athletic Conference title and was named AAC Defender of the Year. Before playing his senior year in Kentucky, Ockford spent his first three years of college at Mount St. Mary’s University (NY), spending time with The Mount as a midfielder and forward before switching to the back after he transferred to the Cardinals.