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Whitecaps FC Sign Canadian Forward Tosaint Ricketts

August 9, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC News Release

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC have added another option to their attack with the signing of Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts. Ricketts joins the club through the end of the 2019 MLS season, with a club option for 2020. Rickets will arrive in Vancouver on Sunday and will be eligible for the home match at BC Place against D.C. United on Saturday, August 17.

"Tosaint is an experienced player who will have a fast adaptation period and provide us with another option for the remainder of this season," said Marc Dos Santos, Whitecaps FC head coach. "This move gives both our club and Tosaint an opportunity to evaluate as we continue to compete this season, as well as a platform for Tosaint to prove he can have a role on this team moving forward."

TRANSACTION: On August 9, 2019, Whitecaps FC acquire Tosaint Ricketts, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and medical.

Whitecaps FC striker Tosaint Ricketts

More than 250 professional matches and 62 goals in 10-year career

15 appearances and eight goals in Lithuania's Lyga A in 2019

59 appearances and 16 goals for Canada men's national team

The 32-year-old most recently played with Lithuanian side FK Suduva in the top tier A Lyga. In 15 league matches with the club, he started 13 times and scored eight goals. In additional competition, Ricketts scored another two goals while making five appearances between domestic cup play and international competition in UEFA Champions League and Europa League qualification matches.

Prior to his time in Lithuania, Ricketts spent three seasons with Toronto FC scoring 15 goals and recording three assists in 18 starts and 58 appearances in MLS regular season and playoff action. The 5-foot-11 striker also started three of his five Canadian Championship appearances, scoring once.

Throughout the first seven years of his career, Rickets played in Finland, Romania, Norway, Turkey, and Israel, accumulating more than 150 appearances and scoring 36 goals.

At the international level, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has represented Canada 59 times, making 40 starts, while scoring 16 goals with four assists.

TOSAINT RICKETTS

Position: Striker

Height: 5-11

Weight: 170 pounds

Date of Birth: August 6, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Citizenship: Canada

Status: Domestic

Previous club: FK Suduva (2019)


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