Donovan Ricketts determined to win over Portland Timbers fans

Portland Timbers signing Donovan Ricketts feels the pressure of replacing Troy Perkins. Ricketts was taken in a trade which saw Perkins move to Montreal Impact.

Portland Timbers signing Donovan Ricketts feels the pressure of replacing Troy Perkins.

Ricketts was taken in a trade which saw Perkins move to Montreal Impact.

"You don't expect be taken in immediately," Ricketts told MLSsoccer.com. "I'm not here to take anything away from Troy, he did a lot for this club, and it's good the fans love him. That shows you have a loyal support, and hopefully I play into their hearts and it's the same.

"So I wish Troy all the best there is, and I'm a Timber now so I'm looking forward to my experience here."

Ricketts added: "I'm looking forward to seeing the first cut of the timber, man.

"I need that. I'll be slicing a lot of wood. That's my loyal support right there. I'm new in town, so just show me a good time. ... When you play soccer, you dream for that kind of atmosphere. So I'm looking forward to it."

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