LOS ANGELES Dec 23 The Los Angeles Galaxy
signed Jamaican international goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on
Tuesday in a bid to beef up the most porous defence in Major
Ricketts, 31, will join the team pending receipt of his
visa and international transfer clearance, the club said in a
A veteran of 67 matches for Jamaica, the 6ft 5in (1.95
metre) Ricketts joins a Galaxy team which conceded 62 goals
during the 2008 MLS regular season.
Although the David Beckham-led Galaxy scored a league-high
55 goals, they finished second bottom in the Western standings
and failed to reach the playoffs for a third consecutive
"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," Galaxy general manager and head
coach Bruce Arena said.
"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."
Ricketts, who represented his country in all eight of their
qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, has had previous stints with
Jamaican side Village United, English Premier League club
Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City of League Two in England.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Greg