Carrying an experienced pedigree with more than 250 matches played over 11 English Premier League seasons spent with Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, Ridgewell, 29, played the last two-and-a-half seasons with West Brom, making 76 appearances as one of the club’s primary options in defense. Ridgewell made 33 appearances during the 2013-14 EPL season, logging 90 minutes in all but three of his appearances while helping the Baggies remain in the Premiership for a fifth consecutive season.
Prior to joining West Brom, the Bexley, England, native spent five seasons with Birmingham City, helping the club win the 2011 Football League Cup with a 90-minute performance in a 2-1 win against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London. Ridgewell, a member of the England Under-21 National Team from 2004-06, made 152 career appearances for the Blues as the club spent three years in the EPL and two in English League Championship during his stint.
Beginning his professional career with Aston Villa, Ridgewell made his debut on loan with AFC Bournemouth in 2002 before earning his first competitive match with the Villans in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2003. Ridgewell made 79 appearances in his time with Aston Villa.
Ridgewell will occupy an international slot and third Designated Player spot on the Timbers roster.
2015: Started and played in five matches of the MLS Cup Playoffs ... Played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC in MLS Cup on Dec. 6 ... Missed the second leg of the Western Conference Championship due to a calf strain ... Started and registered the opening goal in a 3-1 win against FC Dallas in the first leg of the conference championship on Nov. 22 ... Logged 90 minutes in each of Portland's two Western Conference Semifinal matches against Vancouver (Nov. 1 and Nov. 8) ... Played 120 minutes in a 2-2 draw (7-6 win on PKs) against Sporting KC in the Western Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 29 ... Started 32 of the team's 34 matches ... Missed match against Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 9 due to league-imposed suspension for caution accumulation ... Helped the club register consecutive shutouts Aug. 2-15 ... Logged 90 minutes, helping the team earn a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over San Jose on July 5 ... Started and played 90 minutes in a U.S. Open Cup match on July 1 ... Was issued a red card on June 24 against the LA Galaxy, missing the match against Seattle June 28 ... Registered an assist, delivering a long pass to help set up a 90th minute goal by Fanendo Adi in a 2-2 draw against LA on March 15 ... Started 32 straight games from July 18, 2014-June 24, 2015.
2014: Tallied two goals and an assist in 15 appearances, all starts, during the 2014 season ... Started and played 90 minutes, making his CONCACAF Champions League debut in a 3-1 loss at C.D. Olimpia Oct. 21 ... Tallied the game-winning assist, the first of his MLS career, in a comeback, 2-1 win over San Jose on Oct. 4 ...Tallied his first career MLS goal, the game-tying goal, in a 1-1 draw against New England on Aug. 16 Was named to the 2014 MLS AT&T All-Star roster, playing the second half of a 2-1 win over German club Bayern Munich on Aug. 6 ... Made his MLS and Timbers debut, starting and playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Colorado on July 18.