Donovan Ricketts is in beast mode
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One day after waiving Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy acquire Donovan Ricketts in trade with Orlando City

Donovan Ricketts is headed back to LA.

One day after waiving goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, the Galaxy sent a second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft to Orlando City SC in exchange for the veteran goalkeeper. Ricketts, 38, played for LA from 2009-2011, winning the 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award – the first of two times he took home the honor – and the 2011 MLS Cup with the Galaxy.

“Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” LA head coach Bruce Arena said in a club statement. “He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.”

Ricketts rejoins the Galaxy with 177 career MLS regular-season appearances and 74 wins as a starter across seven seasons in the league. The Jamaican goalkeeper’s 70 appearances for the Galaxy are the second most for any goalkeeper in club history, trailing only Kevin Hartman.

Ricketts joined Orlando this winter after spending the previous two-and-a-half years with the Portland Timbers, getting selected by the Florida club with the No. 1 overall pick in December’s MLS Expansion Draft. He made 10 appearances with the Lions – including starting their inaugural MLS match on March 8 – notching a 2-5-3 record before being replaced in the lineup by Tally Hall, who missed the start of the year while recovering from injury. 

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