Two Keepers Linked To MLS Clubs

Two Keepers Linked To MLS Clubs

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 11, 2008
  • 12 Comments
  • Donovan Ricketts, Winter Transfers

Its transfer season and as some defenders are leaving Major League Soccer in quick fashion, some goalkeepers look to enter the league in the same manner.

News out of England suggests that keeper Ian Walker is being linked to MLS. No clubs were mentioned but a couple come to mind that could use a keeper like Walker. LA, Chivas, and possibly San Jose all could use a new keeper. We may even want to add Colorado to that list.

The 37-year old Walker may be remembered more for his time with Tottenham from 1989-2001. He also made a few appearances for the English national team over that time.

A reason why Walker may be a decent idea for some clubs that need a keeper or even just a backup keeper is that he will come free on transfer. His contract with Bolton was recently mutually terminated. More than likely I see him as a Tony Caig type of move for anyone. While some clubs need a starter he just screams backup to me for now but I have been wrong before.

In other keeper news, the LA Galaxy have been in talks with Jamacian keeper Donovan Ricketts. The 31-year old Ricketts has been capped by his home country over 60 times since 1998.

We all know LA is after a keeper and that Galaxy boss Bruce Arena has been in Jamacia scouting players recently. Ricketts should come over cheaply if they do come to a deal. I just wonder if Ricketts is really a good upgrade from Steve Cronin and Josh Wicks. I believe upgrading the defense is actually a little more important to LA than finding a new keeper (I actually think Wicks isn’t all that terrible and would be fine if they had a decent defense in front of him).

What do you all think of these two keepers possibly coming over to the league? Will they work or will they just be backups to current starters.

  • Kartik

    The once deep pool of American keepers is really thin now if we need to sign Ian Walker for our domestic league. Had he been in MLS between 1996 and 2002 he'd have been an average keeper at best. Remember Chris Woods? He was a total flop as a keeper in MLS despite all the hype attributed to him by English fans.

  • GHM

    The one position MLS doesn't need to shop for overseas is GK. We grow them here just fine and pretty cheap. As a matter of fact we have so many we export them annually.

  • WVHooligan

    I'm pretty sure there are three or four quality keepers in college right now that would be fine and probably better than Walker or Ricketts.

  • Gabe

    Wicks is awful. His bone-headed decision-making cost the Galaxy much-needed points. He can be counted on to make at least 1, usually 2, horrendous bone-headed mistakes per game. Cronin is actually a better keeper.

  • The once deep pool of American keepers is really thin now if we need to sign Ian Walker for our domestic league. Had he been in MLS between 1996 and 2002 he’d have been an average keeper at best. Remember Chris Woods? He was a total flop as a keeper in MLS despite all the hype attributed to him by English fans.

  • GHM

    The one position MLS doesn’t need to shop for overseas is GK. We grow them here just fine and pretty cheap. As a matter of fact we have so many we export them annually.

  • I’m pretty sure there are three or four quality keepers in college right now that would be fine and probably better than Walker or Ricketts.

  • Gabe

    Wicks is awful. His bone-headed decision-making cost the Galaxy much-needed points. He can be counted on to make at least 1, usually 2, horrendous bone-headed mistakes per game. Cronin is actually a better keeper.

    • Well I wasn’t saying Wicks was anything special, I’m just saying he may not be as awful if they didn’t have such a terrible defense in front of him. Both he and Cronin made bone-headed decisions all year because the defense put them in those bad spots.

  • WVHooligan

    Well I wasn't saying Wicks was anything special, I'm just saying he may not be as awful if they didn't have such a terrible defense in front of him. Both he and Cronin made bone-headed decisions all year because the defense put them in those bad spots.

  • Cannon Girl

    Absolutely no comment.

  • Cannon Girl

    Absolutely no comment.