Friday, April 29, 2011
Save of the Week: Donovan Ricketts
By Scott French
Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts won the vote for Major League Soccer's Save of the Week, the league announced Friday, for his superb 80th-minute foot save of Kenny Cooper's volley in last weekend's 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Two Galaxy goalscorers were up for the Goal of the Week award, but both were crushed by Juan Agudelo's volley against D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls teen striker's second such honor this season.
Ricketts edged out New York's Bouna Coundoul for the honor, which is determined by fan voting at the league's Web site after the week's save's are culled to five.
Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS and UCLA) won the first week, and Seattle's Kasey Keller and Portland's Jake Gleeson split the past four.
Ricketts finished second to Keller in Week 4
The award primarily honors goalkeepers, but any player making a big save is eligible. Chivas USA midfielder/defender Michael Lahoud was a finalist in Week 2. Goats goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was a Weeks 4 and 5 finalist.
Chad Barrett and Landon Donovan were finalists for Goal of the Week. Their Galaxy teammate Juninho was a Week 1 finalist.