Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts signs with defending Lithuanian champion
Former Toronto FC striker Tosaint Ricketts has signed with Lithuania champion FK Suduva. Ricketts, then with Toronto FC, is congratulated on his goal by teammate Jay Chapman during second half MLS soccer action against the Real Salt Lake, in Toronto, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. Toronto opted not to exercise it option to keep Ricketts in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:31PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:42PM EST
Former Toronto FC striker Tosaint Ricketts has signed with Lithuania champion FK Suduva.
Toronto opted not to exercise it option to keep Ricketts in November. The 31-year-old Canadian international made 51 MLS appearances (17 starts) in Major League Soccer with 13 goals and one assists.
Behind star forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore on the TFC depth chart, the speedy Ricketts's role was largely as an impact substitute.
Based in Marijampole, Lithuania, FK Suduva plays in the Lithuanian top division, the A Lyga.
“With the new year, comes a new challenge,” Ricketts wrote in a social media posting. “A new opportunity. It is not easy leaving an incredible city like Toronto, a city that welcomed me as one of their own.”
The Edmonton native, who won the MLS Cup with TFC in 2017, thanked MLS, Toronto FC and its owner MLSE for “the opportunity to be part of one of the most special teams and seasons any of us could of asked for.”