Montreal pick up Ricketts from LA for allocation
The Montreal Impact continue to make a splash in the transfer market.
Just hours after the club acquired midfielder Davy Arnaud from Sporting KC, they added yet another veteran weapon on Monday, picking up 34-year-old goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from MLS Cup champs LA Galaxy in exchange for allocation money.
Acquired by the Galaxy ahead of the 2009 MLS season, Ricketts quickly established himself as one of the top 'keepers in the league, earning an All-Star selection that year and helping his team reach the MLS Cup final. In 2010, the Jamaican international posted a 0.90 goals against average and tied a club record with 11 shutouts, received another All-Star nod, and collected the coveted MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
His hot streak cooled down in 2011, however. Hampered by injuries, Ricketts saw action in only 15 matches this season, the bulk of them early on in the campaign. He made 41 saves and conceded 11 goals to compile a 7-3-4 record.
Ricketts' time away from the pitch allowed backup Josh Saunders to stake a firm claim on the No. 1 spot, an effort strengthened by standout performances en route to a Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup double. Ricketts' last appearance for the Galaxy came on Oct. 23 in a 3-1 loss at Houston.
All in all, Ricketts leaves the Galaxy with 77 appearances — all starts — and a 39-16-19 record, making 226 saves, allowing 70 goals, and posting 27 shutouts in his three seasons with the club.