Rohan Ricketts joined the MLS and Toronto FC on April 11, 2008. In Ricketts, Toronto gained a flashy midfielder and one of their fastest players I can ever remember watching. Rohan would grab the ball and fly up the sideline in an instant.
He scored four goals for TFC in his first season with the Reds, and the total climbs to six if you include the two he added in the Canadian Championships tournament.
Ricketts was a very popular and well-spoken player. He often appeared on TV and had a regular program of his own for a while. Ricketts also did a lot of charitable work for the community including his "Athletes for Africa—Football for Good" campaign.
Ricketts' popularity reportedly even extended to rapper 50 Cent, who has been photographed wearing a Ricketts jersey.
Ricketts was released from the team on June 17, 2009, after a decline in his playing time. The move surprised a lot of people. Rohan had been tweeting about his lack of playing time prior to the release, and he wrote about his time on the bench on his blog:
"Yo what's popping football fans?? Its been a very difficult few months due to a lack of playing time for the Toronto FC. So much has gone on which has not surfaced and may not ever surface. I want to say thanks to all the fans who have continued to support me. I am a strong character and won't let this period get the best of me."
So, where is Ricketts now? And how do we get him back in Toronto for the Reds?
While he likely won't be back, we can all wish him well. Ricketts's latest gig, as of July 22, is a trial with Danish club Odense Boldklub. This club has won the Danish Championship three times, and its greatest success came in the UEFA Cup in 1994-95.