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Former Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell joins PTFC broadcasting team

The Timbers’ former captain and MLS Cup winner rejoins the club in the broadcasting booth

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Ridgy is back in the Rose City... behind the microphone this time. The Portland Timbers announced today that Liam Ridgewell has rejoined the club as a member of the Timbers’ broadcasting team. Ridgewell will join normal commentators Jake Zivin and Ross Smith as an analyst in the booth for locally broadcast Timbers matches. He will also help produce content across all of the club’s digital platforms.

Ridgewell was originally signed by the Timbers as a designated player during the 2014 season. The seasoned English center back served as team captain and was an anchor for Portland’s backline, helping lead the team to its first MLS Cup title in 2015 and its appearance in the MLS Cup final in 2018.

Ridgewell left the club after the 2018 season and played two additional seasons in England for Hull City and Southend United. He concluded his professional playing career at the end of the 2020 EFL League One season at the conclusion of his stint with Southend United.

Now his broadcasting career will begin in Portland. Timbers Vice President of broadcasting Matt Smith shared, “Liam was an elite player who had tremendous on-field success in Portland. We think all the ingredients that made him a great player will also make him a great broadcast analyst. Timbers television is instantly better with Liam in the mix.”

Ridgewell will make his debut on the weekend during Portland’s home clash against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, September 25. The game will be broadcast on Fox 12 Plus+ in market as well as over the radio on 750 AM The Game and La GranD 93.5 FM in Spanish.

The team’s full release is available here.