Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Galaxy Sign GK Donovan Ricketts

The LA Galaxy have signed Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, the club announced today. An experienced goalkeeper at the international level, Ricketts joins the Galaxy after previous stints with Village United of the Digicel Premier League in Jamaica, Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League and Bradford City of League Two in England. Ricketts, 31, will officially be added to the Galaxy’s roster, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Clearance (ITC). Per league and team policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.

“I have known Donovan for a number of years as a goalkeeper with the Jamaican National Team and have always been impressed with his physical qualities. After a closer examination of the player, I am absolutely amazed with his abilities both on and off the field,” said Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena. “It is also a position that we felt the need to improve and believe that he will be a great addition to our team and has the potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in MLS.”

At 6-foot-4, Rickets is a commanding presence in the box. A member of Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup squad as a 21-year-old, Ricketts has made 67 international appearances for his country. He boasts an impressive 11-7-6 record in 24 World Cup qualifying matches, including all eight of Jamaica’s games during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Despite recording three consecutive shutouts at the end of the qualifying campaign, including one in a 1-0 win over Mexico in Kingston, Jamaica on October 10, Ricketts and the Reggae Boyz narrowly missed out on advancing to the final stages of the 2010 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, losing out to Mexico on goal difference. Earlier this month, he helped lead Jamaica to the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championships where they defeated Grenada 2-0 in the final.

A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Rickets started his professional career playing for his hometown club of F.C. Waddadah before signing with Village United, who plays in Jamaica’s top league, in 2002. In January 2004, he moved to England, signing with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League. Ricketts never played a game for Bolton and in July 2004 was signed on loan by League Two side Bradford City, who then signed him on a permanent basis at the end of that season. He spent four years with the Bantams, appearing in more than 115 games for the club before returning to Jamaica to again sign with Village United this summer.

Photo Courtesy of ISI Photos.

7 comments:

Zero Cool said...

As my good buddy josh24601 says "No Cronin, no Cry"

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this important, important news/update. We do appreciate it. Please continue to keep us updated and informed over the off-season and into the pre-season. Happy Holidays & ALL of us are desperately hoping like mad for a better, stronger, much more quality-filled 2009 & 2010.

Anonymous said...

Reggae version of Clamitty James. Bruce Almighty knows all..........help Santa!

Anonymous said...

merry xmas!

we got a new keeper under the tree

hopefully no more cronin/wicks slippy fingers...

Anonymous said...

That's a good signing. Gives Cronin more time to develop without the pressure associated with being the Galaxy's #1.

Ricketts is solid but not spectacular.

Good enough and an upgrade.

Anonymous said...

Thanks bruce for the keeper for christmas

Anonymous said...

josh saunders looks good to be 1st goal keeper choice..