Keeper Swap: Ricketts Traded For Perkins

Keeper Swap: Ricketts Traded For Perkins

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 7, 2012
  • Donovan Ricketts, Features, Trade, Troy Perkins

Troy Perkins is now headed to Montreal. (Getty Images)

This could go down as one of the more interesting deals of the 2012 MLS season.

The Montreal Impact and Portland Timbers have announced a swap of their starting keepers today. Montreal sends Jamaican keeper Donovan Ricketts to Portland in exchange for keeper Troy Perkins.

A straight keeper for keeper swap.

Ricketts had a strong couple of seasons in LA before going off to Montreal this season. He’s good at times but extremely injury prone.¬†A two-time MLS All-Star in 2009 and 2010, Ricketts was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and to the MLS Best XI in 2010 after a standout season in which he posted a 0.90 goals-against average and 11 shutouts.

Perkins appeared in 51 matches for Portland, making 51 consecutive starts for the club from April 23, 2011, to Aug. 3, 2012. During his time with the Timbers, Perkins compiled 12 shutouts, 157 saves, a 1.44 goals-against average and a 14-23-13 record.

Both keepers are a tad overpriced compared to what they’ve been able to achieve on the field in the last year or two. Both are prone to errors and in a way this feels like a lateral move for both keepers.

Perkins is 31-years old while Ricketts is 35-years old. That is about all the difference I can see between these two at the moment. I guess you could also say that Perkins gets a better defense than he’s had in Portland.

Both are on the field leaders but something behind the scene has to be going on with this deal. More than likely one had an expiring contract this season and didn’t want to stick around where they were any longer. Or, this is the case of Portland beginning their rebuilding process for next season. I could see it a number of ways to be honest.