Toronto FC release Ricketts
The axe finally fell on Rohan Ricketts's time with Toronto FC, as the Major League Soccer club announced Wednesday that it reached a release agreement with the midfielder and terminated his contract.
Ricketts signed with Toronto in April 2008, and established himself as one of the team's key starters with four goals in 27 games last campaign.
But he fell down the depth chart this season, thanks to the additions of Dwayne De Rosario and rookie San Cronin.
Ricketts often sat on the bench as a substitute, playing in 12 games — three as a starter — with no goals in 316 minutes of action.
The Englishman had grown increasingly frustrated about his lack of playing time and publicly complained on his Twitter site that he didn't enjoy "sitting around earning money and not playing games."
With Ricketts's $165,000-a year salary off the books, Toronto FC general manager Mo Johnston has cleared some valuable salary cap space, allowing him to sign Canadian forward Ali Gerba, who played the 2008-09 season with MK Dons in England.
Johnston attained the MLS rights to Gerba in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes last week, and said at the time he was optimistic about signing the international forward to a deal.