Donovan Ricketts named 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

Ricketts makes a save vs RBNY

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CARSON,
Calif.
– LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan
Ricketts has been named the 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Now in his second
year with the Galaxy, Ricketts has been nominated for the award in each of his
two seasons in MLS, but this is the first time that he has won the award, which
is given annually to the top goalkeeper in Major League Soccer.

Ricketts claimed the award over
fellow finalists, former Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who now plays for FC
Dallas and Nick Rimando of Real
Salt Lake,
after garnering the most votes in polling of MLS players, general managers,
coaches and members of the media. The 33-year-old Jamaican international joins
Hartman, who was named the Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999, as the only two
players in club history to win the award. This was the sixth time in the 15-year
history of MLS that a Galaxy goalkeeper has been nominated for the award, while
Ricketts joins current Houston
goalkeeper Pat Onstad as just the second foreign goalkeeper to claim the award.

“This is a tremendous honor to
be named the Goalkeeper of the Year in a league with so many outstanding
goalkeepers. I am grateful to have won this award and I would like to thank
everyone who voted for me,” Ricketts said. “I would also like to
thank all of my coaches and teammates, specifically my goalkeeper coach Ian Feuer
and my fellow goalkeeper Josh Saunders for pushing me as hard as they do in
training everyday and helping me to become a better goalkeeper.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Donovan Ricketts' best saves

Ricketts set a club record with a 0.90
goals against average, allowing 26 goals in the 29 games that he played this season.
He had a league-best record of 18-7-4 on the season and kept 11 clean sheets,
tying a club record that was set by Hartman in 1999, while the 26 goals allowed
by the club were the second fewest in MLS this season and the fewest in club
history. A two-time MLS All-Star and the starting goalkeeper in this year’s
All-Star Game against Manchester United, his 0.96 career goals against average
is the lowest in MLS history amongst goalkeepers that have played 500 minutes
or more. In the two seasons in which Ricketts has played for the Galaxy, the
club has allowed 57 goals in 60 regular season games after surrendering 62 in
30 regular season games during the 2008 campaign.

On Sunday in the Galaxy’s
postseason opener, Ricketts made a season-high eight saves, including seven in
the first half, helping the Galaxy claim a 1-0 win in the first leg of their
Western Conference Semifinal Series against Seattle at Qwest Field. In five career
postseason appearances, Ricketts now has a 3-0-1 record with three shutouts, 19
saves and a 0.59 goals against average. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Ricketts has
allowed just one goal in his last 406 minutes of action dating back to the
first leg of the Galaxy’s Western Conference Semifinal Series with Chivas
USA
last year.

“This is a tremendous
achievement for Donovan and I could not be happier that he was named the MLS
Goalkeeper of the Year,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who signed
Ricketts from Village United in his native Jamaica in December 2008. “He
has been an important part of our club’s defensive improvements over the
past two seasons and he is fully deserving of this honor.”

Ricketts and the rest of the Galaxy
will be in action at home this Sunday, November 7 when they host the Seattle Sounders FC
in the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinal Series at The Home
Depot Center. That game kicks off at 6 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN. Fans
can purchase tickets now for that game as well as a potential Western
Conference Championship on Sunday, November 14 at 6 p.m., which LA would host if they advance past the Sounders.  BUY
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WATCH: Ricketts' Best Moments from 2010

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Goalkeeper of the Year Winners

2010:  Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy

2009:  Zach Thornton – Chivas USA

2008:  Jon Busch – Chicago Fire

2007:  Brad Guzan – Chivas USA

2006:  Troy Perkins
– D.C. United

2005:  Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes

2004:  Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids

2003:  Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes

2002:  Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes

2001:  Tim Howard – MetroStars

2000:  Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards

1999:  Kevin Hartman – LA Galaxy

1998:  Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire

1997:  Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew

1996:  Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn

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