Timbers DUI

Portland Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell and goalkeeper Jacob Gleeson were arrested Monday night following an automobile accident.

A day after being eliminated from the MLS playoff race, Gleeson crashed his BMW into a Nissan Monday night. According to a report, Gleeson called Ridgewell to pick him up from the scene of the accident. As police responded to the scene of the accident, they had both soccer players perform  a field sobriety test, and both failed. The two were charged with DUI as a result. The driver of the Nissan was not under the influence and faces no charges.

Here’s a statement from the Timbers, released on Tuesday morning.

“The team is aware of the events that occurred last evening involving players Jake Gleeson and Liam Ridgewell and is in the process of gathering information on the matter. The team has been in close contact with the players, local law enforcement and the league office. The club will not have further comment until more information is available.”

Both players have been released on $7,500 bail and are scheduled to appear in court on November 16.

Ridgewell captained the Timbers side that beat Columbus Crew SC to win MLS Cup last season, while Gleeson was on the bench for that squad. Gleeson took over as the starting keeper this season, and made 30 appearances in all competitions, while Ridgewell continued as captain and made 25 appearances in all competitions.


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