Portland Timbers Trade Troy Perkins to Montreal Impact for Donovan Ricketts

July 18th, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Montreal Impact goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts (1) throws the ball during the 2nd half against the New England Revolution at the Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Huge news this morning! I just received word from the Portland Timbers front office that goalkeeper Troy Perkins has been traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for veteran Jamaican international goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Ricketts was formerly with the Los Angeles Galaxy before Montreal where he was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010.

Here are some choice quotes from Gavin Wilkinson:

"Donovan has been an impact player since he joined MLS and is one of the top-performing goalkeepers in the league," said Wilkinson. "Troy has been an important player for us, but we as a coaching staff saw this as an opportunity to improve the position, while optimizing our budget numbers in 2012 and 2013. Donovan has a great presence and will provide us with tremendous experience and leadership. He has a proven track record in MLS and has shown he can consistently play well at the highest level."

and

"Troy is a first-class person and professional, and he did a lot for this club," said Wilkinson. "We wish him all the best and thank him for his contributions to the Portland Timbers."

Ricketts, 35, has recorded 30 shut outs in 94 games.

Based on my own personal knowledge of this player, I'm very intrigued by this move. While he was injury prone in 2011, Ricketts was a great goalkeeper in 2010. One of his best attributes, however, is his ability to control and effectively lead the back line. Perkins was a great goalkeeper, but his leadership in the back has been questionable recently and distribution has been a constant headache.

Thoughts?

Full press release after the break.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has acquired goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from the Montreal Impact in exchange for goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.

Ricketts, 35, has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in MLS since joining the league with the LA Galaxy in 2009. A two-time MLS All-Star in 2009 and 2010, Ricketts was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and to the MLS Best XI in 2010 after a standout season in which he posted a 0.90 goals-against average and 11 shutouts. He helped lead the Galaxy to back-to-back Supporters Shields in 2010 and 2011 and MLS Cup appearances in 2009 and 2011. He was also a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009.

In 94 MLS games, Ricketts has compiled 30 shutouts and a 44-26-21 record, and holds the second-best goals-against average in MLS history among goalkeepers with 90 or more appearances at 1.11. He has a 4-1-1 record in postseason play, registering three shutouts and a 0.99 goals-against average.

"Donovan has been an impact player since he joined MLS and is one of the top-performing goalkeepers in the league," said Wilkinson. "Troy has been an important player for us, but we as a coaching staff saw this as an opportunity to improve the position, while optimizing our budget numbers in 2012 and 2013. Donovan has a great presence and will provide us with tremendous experience and leadership. He has a proven track record in MLS and has shown he can consistently play well at the highest level."

A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Ricketts has been a longtime member of the Jamaica National Team and served as the team’s vice captain. He has 89 caps for the Reggae Boyz and made his international debut in 2000. Ricketts, who was a member of Jamaica’s World Cup squad in 1998, has featured in Jamaica’s qualifying bids for the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and recently started in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in June. He also featured in the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups and helped lead Jamaica to the Caribbean Championship in 2008.

Ricketts played three seasons with the Galaxy from 2009-11, logging a 35-15-18 record, 27 shutouts and an 0.92 goals-against average in 70 games during his time with the club. He helped lead the Galaxy to the 2009 Western Conference title, and in 2010 anchored a defense that set a new club record for fewest goals allowed in a season (26). Ricketts was acquired by the Montreal Impact in a trade on Nov. 28, 2011, and appeared in 24 games for the Impact in 2012, posting a 9-11-3 record and three shutouts.

Prior to arriving in MLS, Ricketts started his career in his native Jamaica in 2002 with Village United. He made the move to England in 2004, signing with the Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League. Ricketts was loaned to Bradford City during the 2004-05 season, and went on to play in more than 100 matches with the club through the 2007-08 campaign.

Ricketts will not occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.

Perkins, 31, appeared in 51 matches for Portland, making 51 consecutive starts for the club from April 23, 2011, to Aug. 3, 2012. During his time with the Timbers, Perkins compiled 12 shutouts, 157 saves, a 1.44 goals-against average and a 14-23-13 record. Perkins, the 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, recorded an MLS career-high nine shutouts during the Timbers’ inaugural MLS season in 2011 and ranked among league leaders in shutouts, wins (9) and saves (91) last season. Perkins, in his seventh MLS season, joined the Timbers on Dec. 17, 2010, in a trade with D.C. United.

"Troy is a first-class person and professional, and he did a lot for this club," said Wilkinson. "We wish him all the best and thank him for his contributions to the Portland Timbers."

Donovan Ricketts
Position: Goalkeeper
Height 6-4
Weight: 210
Born: July 6, 1977, in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Last Club: Montreal Impact
College: University of the West Indies
Citizenship: Jamaica

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