LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts suffers fractured left ulna
CARSON, Calif. (Monday, June 27, 2011) – LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts suffered a fractured left ulna in the first half of the Galaxy’s 0-0 draw with San Jose on Saturday. Ricketts was injured when he collided with the Earthquakes’ Khari Stephenson in the 21st minute after punching away a Ryan Johnson cross. He was replaced by Josh Saunders and taken to the locker room to be examined. Earlier today he underwent x-rays, which revealed the extent of his injury.
Ricketts will undergo surgery on Tuesday at the Surgery Center of the Pacific in Santa Monica. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action.
The 33-year-old Jamaican international is having an All-Star caliber season in 2011, leading MLS with a 0.53 goals against average in the 12 games that he has played in. The reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Ricketts has a 6-1-4 record this season, keeping six clean sheets and allowing just six goals in 1,014 minutes of play. Since joining the Galaxy prior to the start of the 2009 season, Ricketts has appeared in 67 regular season games, keeping 26 clean sheets and recording a 0.89 goals against average, which is the best in MLS history amongst goalkeepers that have played more than 1,500 minutes. The Galaxy’s Defender of the Year in 2009, Ricketts was named to the MLS All-Star Team in both 2009 and 2010
The Galaxy are back in action on Tuesday, June 28 when they take on the Los Angeles Blues at 7:30 p.m. in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. They return to MLS action on Monday, July 4, when they host Seattle Sounders FC at The Home Depot Center. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by largest fireworks show in Southern California, powered by 102.7 KIIS FM. For more information about either of these games or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lagalaxy.com or call 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299).