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.
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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.