Tosaint Ricketts

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Tosaint Antony Ricketts
Tosaint Ricketts.jpg
Ricketts with Canada in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 87
Youth career
Edmonton Juventus
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Green Bay Phoenix 77 (26)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 MyPa 40 (9)
2010–2012 Politehnica Timișoara 24 (6)
2012 Vålerenga 3 (1)
2013 Sandnes Ulf 12 (0)
2013–2014 Bucaspor 25 (7)
2014–2015 Hapoel Haifa 30 (1)
2015–2016 Boluspor 15 (1)
2016–2018 Toronto FC 51 (13)
2019 Sūduva 15 (8)
2019– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 8 (1)
National team
2007 Canada U20 8 (5)
2008 Canada U23 5 (2)
2011– Canada 59 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2018

Tosaint Antony Ricketts (born 6 August 1987) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Canadian national team as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ricketts was one of the top short distance runners in Alberta, and he began his youth career playing Division I soccer for the Green Bay Phoenix at University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

MYPA[edit]

Ricketts joined Veikkausliiga club MyPa in 2009. He made his debut on 4 March 2009 and scored his first goal against Kuopion Palloseura on 13 June. He scored two goals in Europa League against Politehnica Timișoara who became interested in signing him.

Politehnica Timișoara[edit]

On 19 November 2010 Ricketts signed with the Romanian club Politehnica Timișoara for three years.[2] At his presentation at the press conference, he said : "I'm glad I signed with Poli, to me is a step forward in my career. I can't wait to play at my new team and I can't wait to reunite "Poli" fans, which impressed me when I played here in Europa League with MyPa-47". He chose the number 87. On 26 February 2011 Ricketts made his debut for Politehnica Timișoara on Dan Păltinişanu in a 3–1 win against Gaz Metan Mediaş.[3] He played twenty minutes in the match after replacing injured Marián Čišovský. Ricketts scored his first goal for Politehnica Timișoara on 5 March 2011 against CFR Cluj. He scored the winning goal in the 78th minute.[4] Politehnica Timișoara was bankrupted in the summer of 2012, and Ricketts was released from his contract.[5]

Vålerenga[edit]

On 31 August 2012 it was announced that Ricketts had signed for Vålerenga in the Norwegian Tippeligaen on a free transfer, he would be joining fellow Canadian international Lars Hirschfeld at the club.[5] Ricketts made his debut in Norway as a second half sub for Torgeir Børven in a 1–0 defeat to Sogndal 5 November 2012.[6]

Sandnes Ulf[edit]

In early January 2013 it was announced that Ricketts had signed with Sandnes Ulf allowing him to remain in the Tippeligaen.[7] He made his debut for the club on 17 March in a 2–0 defeat to Strømsgodset.[8] Ricketts played a total of 12 matches in Tippeligaen until he left Sandnes Ulf in September 2013, he also scored two goals for the club in the Norwegian Cup.[9]

Bucaspor[edit]

On 6 September 2013 Ricketts signed for Turkish First League club Bucaspor, a one-year contract with a one-year option.[10] He scored his first two goals for the team in a 5-4 loss to Adana Demirspor on 22 September 2013.[11]

Hapoel Haifa[edit]

On 16 July 2014 Ricketts announced on Twitter he had signed for Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Haifa. He debuted with the side on 16 August 2014 in a Toto Cup match against Bnei Sakhnin, and scored a goal in an eventual 2–2 draw.[12] He scored his first league goal against Beitar Jerusalem in a loss on 9 February 2015.[13] In total, Ricketts made 30 appearances for the club, scoring a single goal. His lack of offensive production at the club can be attributed to being used as a defender for the entire season because of personnel issues on the roster.[14]

Boluspor[edit]

After one season in Israel, Ricketts returned to Turkey and signed with Boluspor on 3 August 2015.[15] Ricketts left Boluspor in early 2016 after a dispute over unpaid wages.[16]

Toronto FC[edit]

On 20 July 2016, Ricketts returned to Canada to join Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.[17] He made his debut from the bench in a 4–1 win against D.C. United, and scored his first goal in his next appearance: a 1–0 victory against Real Salt Lake City.[18][19] He missed three games in the final weeks of the season due to a groin injury and indirect suspension.

In February 2017, Ricketts signed a two-year extension.[20] On 13 May 2017, Ricketts scored a late brace in a 2–1 win at the Columbus Crew.[21] The following game marked his first full 90 minutes for Toronto after 28 appearances, and he scored the final goal in a 3–2 victory at Minnesota United.[22] In June, an injury sustained in the Canadian Championship semi-final second leg win against the Ottawa Fury kept him out for four matches.[23]

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Toronto declined the 2019 contract option on Ricketts.[24]

Sūduva[edit]

On 26 January 2019, Ricketts signed with defending Lithuanian A Lyga champions Sūduva.[25] He scored a total of 10 goals for the club in the 2019 season, including a memorable goal in the 1–0 victory against Kauno Žalgiris on March 16, which he dedicated to victims of terrorism following the Christchurch mosque shootings.[26] Ricketts also earned five inclusions in the A Lyga Team of the Week.[27] Striker's final appearance for the club was on July 30 during the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round 5–0 home victory against Tre Penne. Ricketts left Sūduva the following week after club's away victory in the Europa League third qualifying round game for a return to the MLS.[28]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

On 8 August 2019, Ricketts returned to MLS and Canada, joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[29]

International career[edit]

In 2007 Tosaint was called up to the Canadian U-20 team for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held on home soil. He also made appearances for Canada in the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament in which he scored twice against Guatemala.

In late January 2011, Ricketts was called up by Canada for the first time ahead of its international friendly against Greece on 9 February.[30] Ricketts made his senior team debut for Canada as a late second half sub in this game which ended as a 1–0 loss. Tosaint was one of three Canadian players to make their international senior debut against Greece; Milan Borjan and David Edgar were the other two.[31]

On 1 June 2011 Ricketts scored his first international goal, a stoppage time equalizer, in a 2–2 friendly match against Ecuador at BMO Field.[32] Ricketts made his CONCACAF Gold Cup debut on 14 June in a 1–1 draw against Panama as a second half sub for Josh Simpson.

Ricketts continued his goal scoring form in World Cup Qualifying during his first ever start for the national team on 15 November 2011 during a 4–0 home victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis.[33] Ricketts reached 10 goals for Canada on 16 June 2015 after scoring a brace against Dominica in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. This tied him with Paul Peschisolido and Tomasz Radzinski for 9th all time on Canada's scoring charts.

Ricketts was named to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad on 27 June 2017.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 6 October 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MYPA 2009[35] Veikkausliiga 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5
2010[35] 24 4 1 0 6 1 5 5 36 10
Total 40 9 1 0 6 1 5 5 52 15
Timișoara 2010–11[35] Liga I 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2011–12[35] 15 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 18 6
Total 24 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 27 7
Vålerenga 2012[35] Tippeligaen 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Sandnes Ulf 2013[35] Tippeligaen 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Bucaspor 2013–14[35] TFF First League 25 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 28 9
Hapoel Haifa 2014–15[35] Israeli Premier League 30 1 1 0 5 2 0 0 36 3
Boluspor 2015–16[35] TFF First League 15 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Toronto FC 2016[35] MLS 11 3 0 0 6 2 0 0 17 5
2017[35] 22 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 26 7
2018[35] 18 3 4 1 0 0 3 0 25 4
Total 51 13 7 1 7 2 3 0 68 16
FK Sūduva 2019 A Lyga 15 8 2 1 0 0 3 1 20 10
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2019 MLS 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Career total 223 47 20 5 18 5 11 6 272 63

International[edit]

As of match played 9 September 2018[36]
Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 9 3
2012 9 2
2013 12 0
2014 5 2
2015 12 5
2016 7 2
2017 3 1
2018 2 1
Total 59 16

International goals[edit]

As of match played 24 March 2018.[36]
Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 June 2011 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 3  Ecuador 2–2 2–2 Friendly
2 6 September 2011 Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 6  Puerto Rico 3–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 15 November 2011 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 9  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 15 August 2012 Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, United States 14  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 2–0 Friendly
5 12 October 2012 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 17  Cuba 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 27 May 2014 Stadion SVU Mauer, Mauer, Austria 32  Moldova 1–1 1–1 Friendly
7 9 September 2014 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 33  Jamaica 3–1 3–1 Friendly
8 30 March 2015 Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 37  Puerto Rico 1–0 3–0 Friendly
9 16 June 2015 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 39  Dominica 3–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 4–0
11 4 September 2015 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 43  Belize 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 2–0
13 6 October 2016 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco 53  Mauritania 1–0
4–0
Friendly
14 4–0
15 22 January 2017 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda 55  Bermuda 2–1 4–2 Friendly
16 24 March 2018 Pinatar Arena, Murcia, Spain 58  New Zealand 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Toronto FC
Sūduva

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Squizzato, Daniel. "Canadian Exports: Tosaint Ricketts signs with Turkish club Boluspor ahead of tough World Cup qualifying stretch". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
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