Donovan Ricketts' Superb Effort Earns Portland Timbers a Tie Against Vancouver Whitecaps

By Phil Naegely
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In a game that featured four goals overall with two superb goals by both Vancouver WhitecapsCamillo Sanvezzo and Portland TimbersDarlington Nagbe, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made save after save and secured a point for Portland. Without the saves, this game could have ended in a lopsided Portland loss.

It is understandable to state that Ricketts might not have played his best game because he let in two goals, but he deserves much credit. He made a few double saves and also had to dive on many occasion. On the two goals he did allow, Sanvezzo made a brilliant scissor kick that sent the ball screaming into the net. From all the goals I’ve seen this MLS season, Sanvezzo’s goal could arguably win both MLS goal of the week and MLS goal of the year.

Ricketts’ play Sunday showed why he is one of the best MLS keepers this season, as well as the Jamaican National Team captain and starting goalkeeper.

As stated earlier, Vancouver could have easily run away with three points and a big win, but Ricketts had other plans. His determination, exceptional play, and leadership led to an action-packed 2-2 tie.

Unfortunately for Portland, Ricketts is headed back on international duty. Jamaica finishes their 2014 World Cup Qualifying this month and looks to finish on a strong point. At the moment, they sit in the bottom of the hexagonal and have yet to win a game. Hopefully for Jamaica, Ricketts can repeat Sunday’s performance against the United States on Friday.

In the end, Portland tied on Sunday because of Ricketts ‘phenomenal saves and leadership.

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