LA Galaxy part ways with GK Jaime Penedo, bring back Donovan Ricketts
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The LA Galaxy have reacquired goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in a trade with Orlando City SC.
The Galaxy sent a second-round draft pick in 2016 to Orlando on Thursday. Ricketts played for the Galaxy from 2009-11, winning the 2011 MLS Cup title. His 70 appearances for the Galaxy are the second-most in franchise history behind Kevin Hartman.
He was MLS's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013 with the Portland Timbers. Ricketts has shared playing time with Tally Hall in Orlando, which made him the No. 1 pick in its expansion draft. The Galaxy made the move shortly after confirming the departure of Jaime Penedo, the starting goalkeeper on last season's championship team.
Penedo announced his departure on social media Wednesday, saying he made the decision "because of principles." The Galaxy's official website reports the Panamanian goalie had been waived. Penedo had 29 wins and 21 shutouts in 61 appearances for the Galaxy.
He spent the past month playing for Panama at the Gold Cup tournament. Brian Rowe has started for the Galaxy in Penedo's absence.
Ricketts will share time with Rowe, who has started seven games for the Galaxy.