Ridgewell replaces Beckerman on MLS All-Star roster
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - MLS All-Star head coach Caleb Porter has selected Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell as a replacement for injured Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman, it was announced Tuesday.
Beckerman sustained an injury in Real Salt Lake's game against the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 2 that will prevent him from competing in Wednesday's All-Star Game against Bayern Munich at Providence Park.
"Under the circumstances in losing a player at this late point in time, I felt it was best to pull in a player that wouldn't disrupt the other clubs and their preparation this week," Porter said. "Liam will be a quality addition."
Portland signed Ridgewell as a Designated Player from Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on June 25. The 30-year-old went on to make his MLS debut on July 18 and has started all three games in which he's featured.
08/05 12:00:49 ET