Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Portland Timbers and Jamaica national senior team representative, Donovan Ricketts, is a proud man after he won the Allstate Major League Soccer (MLS) Goalkeeper of the Year honour for the second time in his career last Wednesday.
Ricketts is back on top as the best goalkeeper in MLS for 2013, two years after he was sent packing by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He first won the award in 2010 while at LA Galaxy.
"It's an honour to receive the award. We have worked as a team defensively, and this year is the start of something wonderful," Ricketts told The Gleaner while on vacation in Jamaica yesterday.
The 36-year-old veteran custodian proved indispensable for the Timbers as he had career highs in shutouts (14) and saves (92).
The award was voted by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. Ricketts won among club management and players. He was also named to the MLS Best XI on Tuesday, his second appearance on the League's all-pro team.
Ricketts, who led Jamaica during the recent CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, has been capped 100 times for his country. He was a member of the historic Jamaica Reggae Boyz squad that participated in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals in France.
He played in England for Bolton Wanders and Bradford City and then in MLS for LA Galaxy, Montreal Impact and current club Portland Timbers. Before that, Ricketts represented Wadadah FC and Village United in Jamaica.