All-star goalkeeper earns U.S. green card

Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts often wears a green uniform on the field and now he has a something that matches his getup: a U.S. green card.

The soccer player who hails from Jamaica earned his permanent resident card, the soccer team announced recently. As a result of gaining permanent resident status, Ricketts will no longer have to take up one of the Galaxy’s international roster spots.

Ricketts has spent just two years playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) but has already accumulated an impressive resume. In 2010, Ricketts was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and has been named to the league’s all-star team twice. He has 20 clean sheets in 55 games and has a .96 goals against average per game, which is the best in the history of the league for a goalkeeper who has played more than one game.

Ricketts has also played in 76 games for his native Jamaica and was part of the country’s 1998 FIFA World Cup squad.

The green card will allow Ricketts to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.

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