Galaxy trade Donovan Ricketts, former keeper of the year
A broken forearm cost Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts several starts this season. And now it has cost him his job, as the Galaxy sent him to the expansion Montreal Impact on Monday in exchange for allocation money.
Major League Soccer’s keeper of the year in 2010 and a two-time MLS All-Star, Ricketts, 34, was limited to 15 games last season, missing two months after breaking his arm against San Jose in late June. Josh Saunders stepped in and played well enough to make Ricketts expendable, notching eight shutouts in 18 starts and posting a goals-against average of 0.93.
Only Ricketts, with a GAA of 0.92 in 15 starts, had a better mark among MLS keepers.
Allocation money can be used to sign players or allocate against their contracts to keep teams under the league-mandated salary cap, which was $2.675 million in 2011.
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts watches a shot go wide during a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders last season. Credit: Kevin P. Casey / Associated Press