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Former Timbers' defender Liam Ridgewell is back in town, joining the club's TV broadcast team.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Liam Ridgewell lifts the MLS Cup trophy on Dec. 6, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio afterhelping lead the Portland Timbers to a 2-1 win over the Crew in the MLS Cup final. Ridgewell is returning to join the Timbers broadcast team.Liam Ridgewell is rolling back into Portland.

The outspoken defender from England, a dormer team captain and key player for the Timbers 2015 MLS Cup championship team and their 2018 side that reached the MLS Cup final, is returning to Portland as a member of the club's broadcast team. Ridgewell will join play-by-play voice Jake Zivin and color commentator Ross Smith as an analyst beginning with Saturday's 7:30 p.m. home match against Real Salt Lake.

"I'm delighted to be back and involved with the club again," Ridgewell said in the club's announcement. "Portland became a second home to me and my family during my time here, and we've missed it quite a bit. This will be a new role for me to take on, and I'm excited to get going."

A two-time MLS All-Star (a fill-in choice for the 2014 game at Providence Park and in 2016), Ridgewell started all 97 regular-season games he played for Portland. His presence was vital to Portland's 2015 championship, and to the club's run to the final in 2018. That loss at Atlanta was Ridgewell's final game for the Timbers.

In addition to his vocal leadership and physical presence, Ridgewell was known for celebrating his goals by rolling along the turf.

He also started 13 playoff games for Portland, scoring one goal — the first goal of the 2015 Western Conference final against FC Dallas.

Prior to coming to Portland on a Designated Player contract midway through the 2014 season, Ridgewell played 12 seasons in England split between the Premier League and the second-division English Championship League.

In addition to his television work, Ridgewell will contribute content across the club's platforms.


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