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Portland Timbers no.1 Ricketts wins Goalkeeper of the Year prize

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts has been named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for 2013.

The 36-year old Jamaica international has landed the award ahead of Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando, Sporting Kansas City custodian Jimmy Nielsen and New York Red Bulls gloveman Luis Robles.

Ricketts, formerly of Bradford City, LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact, produced 14 shutouts for the Timbers while finishing with another career high of 92 saves and posting a 0.97 goals-against average, second in the league behind Nielsen (.88) among goalkeepers with at least 20 appearances.

The award, voted for my players, press and MLS club officials, is Ricketts' second top goalkeeper gong following his 2010 win when with the Galaxy.

Ricketts was also named in the MLS Best XI earlier this week alongside teammates Diego Valeri and Will Johnson and joins head coach Caleb Porter (MLS Coach of the Year) and Valeri (MLS Newcomer of the Year) as Timbers award winners.

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