Galaxy Sign Jamaican Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts

He’s made 67 appearances for the Jamaican National Team.

Is a veteran of the lower divisions in England.

And has apparently impressed Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena:

“I have known Donovan for a number of years as a goalkeeper with the Jamaican National Team and have always been impressed with his physical qualities. After a closer examination of the player, I am absolutely amazed with his abilities both on and off the field. It is also a position that we felt the need to improve and believe that he will be a great addition to our team and has the potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in MLS.”

Of course, some fans of one of his former teams, Bradford City, have quite a different opinion of the 31-year-old veteran, which they expressed here when 100 Percent Soccer broke the news the Galaxy were chasing Rickets.

Here’s the rest of the Galaxy press release:

At 6-foot-4, Rickets is a commanding presence in the box. A member of Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup squad as a 21-year-old, Ricketts has made 67 international appearances for his country. He boasts an impressive 11-7-6 record in 24 World Cup qualifying matches, including all eight of Jamaica’s games during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Despite recording three consecutive shutouts at the end of the qualifying campaign, including one in a 1-0 win over Mexico in Kingston, Jamaica on October 10, Ricketts and the Reggae Boyz narrowly missed out on advancing to the final stages of the 2010 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, losing out to Mexico on goal difference. Earlier this month, he helped lead Jamaica to the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championships where they defeated Grenada 2-0 in the final.

A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Rickets started his professional career playing for his hometown club of F.C. Waddadah before signing with Village United, who plays in Jamaica’s top league, in 2002. In January 2004, he moved to England, signing with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League. Ricketts never played a game for Bolton and in July 2004 was signed on loan by League Two side Bradford City, who then signed him on a permanent basis at the end of that season. He spent four years with the Bantams, appearing in more than 115 games for the club before returning to Jamaica to again sign with Village United this summer.

The Galaxy certainly needed an experienced netminder after enduring the shaky likes of Steve Cronin, Josh Wicks and Josh Saunders this season. Given the comments from British fans though, is he right for the Galaxy? Sounds like we’re going to have an entertaining time finding out at the very least.

What do you think?

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  • http://www.insidesocal.com/mt/mt-comments.cgi Anonymous

    This is a goalkeeper with incredible ability. He hails from a country with the fastest and second fastest man on the planet and again these guys have no firm training background they are just fantastically talented.

    Donovan Ricketts will show as he has done for Jamaica that he is worthy of being in such a team. He will also show the fans that the the comments coming from Bradford City are all part of the new manager’s way of justifying replacing Donovan for his own favourite goalkeeper.

    His shot stopping – Excellent

    Coming to get crosses – Very good

    One on one’s – Very Good

    Kicking – Very good

    Reading of the game – Very Good

    Organising the defence – Good

    Attitude – First class

    Concentration – Good

    I wish Donovan Ricketts all the very best, because he is one of the best.

  • Ben

    Merry Xmas and happy holidays!

    I’m just happy we got a new keeper.

    We have to get lucky by the law of averages with an international and a goalkeeper sometime… I hope it’s him…

  • bz

    Lose a Donovan… gain a Donovan.

    It sounds like IF Bruce puts together a solid defense, Ricketts will be a solid goalie. Based on the comments from Bradford it sounds like he’s a great shot blocker but not as good at collecting the garbage. The Galaxy are going to need some good defenders that can clean up the slop otherwise it is going to be another long season.