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Donovan Ricketts

Donovan Ricketts (born 7 June 1977 in Montego Bay) is a Jamaican association football who plays as Goalkeeper (association football) for Montreal Impact (MLS) in Major League Soccer. Donovan Ricketts is also the vice captain of the Jamaica national football team.

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Donovan Ricketts biography

Donovan Ricketts (born 7 June 1977 in Montego Bay) is a Jamaican association football who plays as Goalkeeper (association football) for Montreal Impact (MLS) in Major League Soccer. Donovan Ricketts is also the vice captain of the Jamaica national football team.


High School and College

Ricketts attended Cornwall College High School where Donovan Ricketts played on the Dacosta CupTeam.After high school Donovan Ricketts played for teams such as Wadadah and Village United F.C. in Donovan Ricketts native Jamaica. In 2004 Donovan Ricketts came to England to sign for Bolton Wanderers F.C..

Bradford City

Ricketts never played a game at Bolton and instead moved to Bradford City A.F.C. initially on a year-long loan in July 2004. Donovan Ricketts spent most of Donovan Ricketts first season in English football as understudy to Australian Paul Henderson (footballer) before Donovan Ricketts finally made Donovan Ricketts debut in April 2005 and played in the final four games. During the season break Donovan Ricketts signed permanently on a two-year deal keeping Donovan Ricketts at City until 2007. Donovan Ricketts missed nine games because of a broken foot early in the 2005-06 in English football season and was replaced by Russell Howarth. Donovan Ricketts regained Donovan Ricketts place against Port Vale F.C., before Donovan Ricketts again missed a game in December 2005 after Donovan Ricketts was sent off for celebrating a City goal in a game at Southend United F.C.. Donovan Ricketts was immediately recalled to the side following Donovan Ricketts suspension, and played the following 80 league games, including as ever-present in the 2006-07 in English football season.

Donovan Ricketts run of games came to an end when Donovan Ricketts was dropped in October 2007 after a poor run of form. Donovan Ricketts was recalled for the game against Brentford F.C. on 3 November 2007 after Rhys Evans' loan was cut short by injury, playing the next 13 games. Donovan Ricketts was expected to make a move to Queens Park Rangers F.C. during the January transfer window and was replaced by loan keeper Scott Loach for Bradford's 4–2 victory over Shrewsbury Town F.C., but Donovan Ricketts move collapsed when Donovan Ricketts was refused a work permit. Despite Ricketts' return, Loach kept Donovan Ricketts place in the City side for their 1–0 win at Macclesfield Town F.C., saving a second-half penalty, but manager Stuart McCall told Ricketts Donovan Ricketts could still have a future at the club. Loach continued to keep Ricketts out of the team since Donovan Ricketts arrival on loan from Watford F.C.. And after Ricketts had played for Jamaica national football team in March 2008, Donovan Ricketts was stopped by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport and sent back to New York because Donovan Ricketts did not have the correct paperwork. Bradford were also told a new work permit application would be turned down. Instead, Ricketts returned to Jamaica to train with the country's under 21 side, before being one of 13 players to be released by Bradford manager Stuart McCall at the end of the season.

Return to Jamaica

Having spent the summer, training and playing with the Jamaican international side, Donovan Ricketts returned to Donovan Ricketts former side Village United F.C. in August 2008, under the management of Dean Weatherly. Donovan Ricketts lasted only 45 minutes in Donovan Ricketts return to the Village United side, after Donovan Ricketts complained of double vision at half-time after Donovan Ricketts was hit with the ball during the first half of a game with Portmore United F.C.. The game ended 1–1, with Portmore's goal coming from a mistake from Ricketts.

Los Angeles Galaxy

On 23 December 2008, Los Angeles Galaxy announced they had signed Ricketts for the 2009 Major League Soccer season Major League Soccer season. Ricketts also attracted interest from Canadian side Toronto FC but Donovan Ricketts opted to join Los Angeles on the advice of Donovan Ricketts international colleague Tyrone Marshall, who had played for both sides.

Ricketts enjoyed a very successful first season in Major League Soccer under Bruce Arena, leading the Galaxy to the Western Division title. Donovan Ricketts squad successfully reached the 2009 MLS Cup. In that championship final, Donovan Ricketts sustained a mid-game injury and was replaced backup goalkeeper Josh Saunders. Saunders filled in well, considering Ricketts started most of the games in the '09 season, but it was not enough to fend off Real Salt Lake, who won via Penalty shootout (association football). In 2010, Ricketts was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Ricketts did not play most of the 2011 season due to injury,and Donovan Ricketts was replaced by backup Josh Saunders while the L.A Galaxy won the 2011 MLS Cup.

Montreal Impact

On November 28, 2011 the Montreal Impact (MLS) acquired Ricketts from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for allocation money. Ricketts was protected in 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, necessitating a trade to acquire Donovan Ricketts services.


On 3 June 2006 Donovan Ricketts appeared in goal for Jamaica national football team in an international friendly against England national football team at Old Trafford (football ground). Jamaica went on to lose the game 6–0.

Standing at six feet four inches and weighing 92 kg (198 lbs), Ricketts is an imposing figure in goal and has been a big part of the Reggae Boyz programme for sometime now, dating back to the days of former Technical Director Renê Simões.

Ricketts has not only kept goal for Jamaica at the senior level, but has also done it at various junior levels for Donovan Ricketts country. Donovan Ricketts came through the national ranks under the guidance of goalkeeping coach, Paul Campbell. Ricketts is a Football World Cup veteran, being named to the Jamaican squad that played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. However, with Warren Barrett and Aaron Lawrence (footballer) ahead of Donovan Ricketts in the pecking order, the opportunity never presented itself for Donovan Ricketts to see any game time.

Ricketts represented Jamaica in all eight of their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) matches, where they were eliminated in the third round stage.


Los Angeles Galaxy

- MLS Cup (1): 2011 Major League Soccer season
- Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield (2): 2010 Major League Soccer season, 2011 Major League Soccer season
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (2): 2009 Major League Soccer season, 2011 Major League Soccer season


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