The Portland Timbers have loaned defender Liam Ridgewell to Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League on a short-term basis.
The Timbers announced the move on Thursday. Before coming to MLS in 2014, Ridgewell was a veteran of more than 250 matches in the EPL. He joined Portland as a designated player in late June and made his MLS debut for the Timbers on July 18. In 15 matches for. Portland, Ridgewell had two goals and an assist.
The 30-year-old played five seasons with Aston Villa and and five with Birmingham City in the Championship, England’s second-tier circuit, and the EPL before moving to West Bromwich Albion in 2012. He played 264 matches in the Premier League and another 50 in the Championship, as well as a five-game loan to A.F.C. Bournemouth in England’s Division Three in 2002.
Ridgewell came to the Timbers after West Brom declined to extend his contract in May. He is expected to miss the start of training camp, but will return to Portland prior to the Simple Invitational in February.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity with Wigan,” Ridgewell said. “I think it will be the best way to get myself ready for the upcoming MLS season.”