HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on April 13, 2011
Diego Chara might not be the most glamorous player, but he’s certainly among the most valuable. The diminutive holding midfielder is routinely at or near the top of MLS in tackles, and he brandishes his marking ability with an unmatched ferocity. A terrier tracking attackers and adept at restarting attacks, he'll continue patrolling Portland's midfield in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Chara has been capped twice for the Colombian national team, and for the first time in 2010 in a friendly against Peru.
OUTSIDE MLS: Chara first made his mark with Deportes Quindío in his native Colombia, where he made 124 appearances from 2004-2008. After stints with two more Colombian clubs over the next three years, Chara made his way to MLS.