Sunday, June 19, 2011
GOLD CUP: Donovan prevails over L.A. teammate
By Scott French
When it was over, Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts exchanged jerseys.
It's Ricketts who will be back in L.A.'s fold this week following Jamaica's 2-0 loss to the U.S. in a Gold Cup quarterfinal Sunday in Washington, a result that would have been far more lopsided if not for the big goalkeeper's play for the Reggae Boyz.
He made at least eight outstanding saves to keep Jamaica in the game. Second-half goals by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey made the difference.
Donovan was left on the bench after flying to L.A. and back for Saturday's wedding of his twin sister, Tristan -- head coach Bob Bradley indicated the Galaxy captain would be used only if necessary -- and didn't come on until the 66th minute and the U.S. ahead, 1-0.
Donovan came face to face to Ricketts just one, and he flinched. It was in the 79th minute, and a through ball from Sacha Kljestan left Donovan 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper. Ricketts came off his line to the edge of the box, and Donovan spun and played the ball back to Dempsey rather than try to round his L.A. teammate. Dempsey's return pass found Donovan offside.