Former Portland Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell has returned to the Rose City as part of the club’s broadcast team, it was announced Thursday.

Ridgewell will join Jake Zivin and Ross Smith in the booth as an analyst and contribute to content creation across the Timbers’ various platforms.

“I’m delighted to be back and involved with the club again,” said Ridgewell. “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 (2014, 2016), Ridgewell was named Timbers Defender of the Year twice (2014, 2015) during his career with Portland.

Ridgewell signed with the Timbers as a Designated Player in June 2014 and departed the club after the conclusion of the 2018 season. He made 110 MLS appearances (all starts) for Portland and helped guide them to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs three times (2015, 2017, 2018), winning MLS Cup in 2015 and reaching the final in 2018.

Ridgewell concluded his professional career in England, making appearances for Hull City in the English Football League Championship (2018-19) and Southend United in EFL League One (2019-20).

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