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Timbers send Perkins to Montreal in goalkeeper swap

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Portland Timbers traded goalkeeper Troy Perkins to the Montreal Impact on Tuesday in exchange for Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

Timbers coach Gavin Wilkinson described Ricketts as an impact player who is "one of the top-performing goalkeepers in the league."

"Troy has been an important player for us, but we as a coaching staff saw this as an opportunity to improve the position, while optimizing our budget numbers in 2012 and 2013," Wilkinson said. "Donovan has a great presence and will provide us with tremendous experience and leadership."

Ricketts, 35, is a two-time MLS All-Star, with appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and to the MLS Best XI in 2010 after a standout season in which he posted a 0.90 goals-against average and 11 shutouts.

In 94 MLS games, Ricketts has compiled 30 shutouts and a 44-26-21 record, and holds the second-best goals-against average in MLS history among goalkeepers with 90 or more appearances at 1.11.

Ricketts played three seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2009-11 before joining Montreal. Prior to arriving in MLS, Ricketts started his career in his native Jamaica in 2002 with Village United. He made the move to England in 2004, signing with the Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League. Ricketts was loaned to Bradford City during the 2004-05 season, and went on to play in more than 100 matches with the club through the 2007-08 campaign.

Ricketts will not occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.

Perkins, 31, appeared in 51 matches for Portland.

"Troy is a first-class person and professional, and he did a lot for this club," said Wilkinson. "We wish him all the best and thank him for his contributions to the Portland Timbers."

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