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Dresden manager: Canadian forward Ricketts still has a lot to prove

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Tosaint Ricketts made a hell of a first impression — but Dynamo Dresden’s manager has warned that the Canadian national-team speedster hasn’t earned a contract, yet.

On Wednesday, Ricketts scored the first two goals of the game — one with his foot, and another with his head — and then created three more golden scoring chances as Dynamo Dresden beat German lower-league side VfL Pirna Copitz 8-0 in a summer friendly.

Ricketts joined the Bundesliga 2. side in July as a trialist. He played 45 minutes in the win over Pirna.

“I’m happy with my team, even though overall we still lacked pace, but that comes in the coming weeks,” Dresden manager Ralf Loose was quoted on the team’s official website (CLICK HERE). “The trial players Ricketts and (Sebastien) Renouard have shown good ideas, but to assess conclusively whether they help us — over a few training sessions and half a test match — is not enough.”

After five months of haggling with the Romanian Football Federation, this past spring Ricketts was finally freed from a contract that tied him to Politehnica Timisoara, which plays in one of Transylvania’s largest cities. After he was signed, the team was relegated due to financial issues and lost its chance to appear in a Champions League qualifier. With the team relegated, it began to miss paycheques yet refused to sell Ricketts, even though there were offers.

Last month, Ricketts told The 11 that he had some firm contract offers, but it’s clear that he has chosen to trial with a better option — a team in Germany — than take sure thing from poorer options.

It was later learned that at least one of those offers was from another Romanian club.

After Canada’s two June World Cup qualifiers, Ricketts came home to Edmonton to spend a few weeks around family and friends. He said he was using the time to “weigh his options” before heading back to Europe in July.

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