Los Angeles Galaxy waive goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, trade for Donovan Ricketts

July 30, 2015

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced that they have mutually parted ways with goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, as he was placed on MLS waivers. Penedo, a quality player who joined the team in 2013, reportedly was unhappy with his contract and sought more money.

“We thank Jaime for his contributions on and off the field as a member of the Galaxy,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Penedo finishes his time with the Galaxy with 54 MLS appearances overall, going 25-12-17. He recorded 155 saves while allowing 59 goals for a 1.09 goals against average. He also has recorded 17 all-time shutouts and was a member of the Galaxy squad that won the 2014 MLS Cup.

To fill the team's hole at the position, the Galaxy brought back a familiar face, acquiring veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from Orlando City SC in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Ricketts, a standout two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and 2011 MLS Cup champion with the Galaxy, will occupy an International roster spot on the Galaxy roster.

“Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.”

Ricketts joins the Galaxy with 177 MLS Regular Season appearances and 74 wins as a starter all time during his seven-year MLS career. He has also recorded a 6-3-1 record in the MLS Cup Playoffs, including leading the Galaxy to the 2011 MLS Cup title. The Jamaican goalkeeper’s 70 appearances for the Galaxy are the second most appearances for any goalkeeper in club history, only behind Kevin Hartman.

After his stint with the Galaxy from 2009-2011, Ricketts played for various MLS teams including the Montreal Impact (2012), Portland Timbers FC (2012-2014) and most recently, Orlando City SC, where he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2015 MLS Expansion Draft. He was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 and 2013.

Internationally, Ricketts has played extensively for the Jamaica National Team, serving as the team’s vice captain before his international retirement. On the international level, the 6’4” goalkeeper led his squad in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Gold Cup and Caribbean Championship matches.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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