HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on loan using Targeted Allocation Money from River Plate with a purchase option on Feb. 20, 2019. Loan extended six months following 2019 season.
Moreira is a right back who will bring a wealth of experience to the Timbers' backline in 2019. The 2018 Copa Libertadores champion has shown to balanced defensively and is comfortable with the ball and going forward. He should battle for a starting role with Zarek Valentin in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: Moreira has 17 caps for the Paraguay Men’s National Team. The defender made nine starts for Paraguay during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Additionally, Moreira made three starts for Paraguay at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.
OUTSIDE MLS: Moreira, 29, made over 250 professional appearances in South America since making his debut in 2009. A native of Villarrica, Paraguay, Moreira played the past three Superliga Argentina seasons with River Plate (2016-19), where he tallied two goals and three assists in 58 appearances (57 starts) across all competitions. Moreira helped the club claim the 2018 CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, the 2017 Supercopa Argentina, the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Copa Argentina and the 2016 CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana. Additionally, Moreira started and played 46 minutes in River Plate’s 4-0 win over the Kashima Antlers in the FIFA Club World Cup third-place final on Dec. 22, 2018. In the current 2018-19 Superliga Argentina campaign, Moreira appeared in eight matches (8 starts), logging 650 minutes. In his first season at River Plate, Moreira started 25 league matches, tallying a goal and three assists and helping Los Millonarios finish second in the league table. Additionally, Moreira made two starts in the 2016 Recopa Sudamericana, a contest between the winners of the previous season’s Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana tournaments, helping River Plate defeat Colombian side Santa Fe 2-1 on aggregate in the two-legged final. Prior to playing for River Plate, Moreira played seven seasons for Paraguayan side Club Libertad (2010-16), where he made 217 appearances (196 starts) and registered six goals across all competitions. Moreira helped Libertad claim five Primera División league trophies, including the 2016 Apertura, 2014 Clausura, 2014 Apertura, 2012 Clausura and the 2010 Clausura. In international cup competitions, Moreira made 19 appearances (15 starts) in the Copa Libertadores and 22 starts in the Copa Sudamericana during his time with Libertad. Moreira was a member of the Libertad squad that reached the semifinals of the 2013 Copa Sudamericana, making 10 starts in the tournament before falling 4-2 on aggregate to Argentine side Club Atlético Lanús.