Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that they have traded former Bantams keeper Donovan Ricketts to fellow MLS side The Portland Timbers.
35-year-old Ricketts joined Bradford City on a one-year loan-deal from Jamaican side Village United back in July 2004 but it was nine months before he even got a game due to the form of Aussie Paul Henderson and work permit problems. The move was made permanent in May 2005 when he signed a two-year deal to keep him at Valley Parade. Ricketts nearly moved to QPR in January 2008 but the deal fell though as he was refused a work permit. He was eventually released by City in April 2008, once again it’s was due to work permit problems so the big keeper returned to Jamaica.
Then out of the blue he joined David Beckham at LA Galaxy in December 2008. In three seasons in Los Angeles, he played and started 70 games, logged 6,168 minutes and recorded 27 shutouts, including a club-record 11 in 2010 when he was voted MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Then in November 2011 he was traded to Montreal Impact and he went on to play 24 games for them last season, recording nine wins and three shutouts in 2,136 minutes of play. (Americans love their pointless stats!).
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