Galaxy trade Donovan Ricketts
The Los Angeles Galaxy have traded goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to the expansion Montreal Impact for allocation money, the club announced Monday afternoon.
Ricketts, whom coach Bruce Arena signed in December 2008, was MLS's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 but was limited by injury and international duty to just 15 games this season. The Jamaican was supplanted as L.A.'s No. 1 netminder by Josh Saunders late in the season and, although healthy, did not play in the Galaxy's four playoff victories.
Ricketts, 34, a Jamaican national team star, was on the roster for the Galaxy's postseason tour of Asia and Australia, but the team acknowledged Monday that he did not travel.
Financial reasons are behind the move. Ricketts' salary was $170,000 ($195,000 in average guaranteed compensation), money L.A. needs to regroup as it prepares to defend its MLS Cup championship. The Galaxy did not disclose how much allocation money it received.
Ricketts made 77 league appearances, with 27 shutouts, in three seasons with L.A.
Scott French covers MLS for ESPNLosAngeles.com.