The Portland Timbers announced that the midfielder Diego Chara signed a multi-year contract extension. The contract of Chara will see the midfielder playing in MLS until at least 2024. This allows the player to secure 14 seasons in the american football. The oldest of the Charás is 35 years old and plays as a midfielder.
“We are delighted to extend Diego’s contract and look forward to many more years with his quality performances that we have grown accustomed to,” said Los Angeles General Manager and President of Soccer. Timbers, Gavin Wilkinson.
“The Timbers are incredibly lucky to have Diego on this club and appreciate his immense contributions to this organization on and off the field. We also want to thank his amazing wife and family for the countless sacrifices they have made to support Diego and the Portland Timbers over the years.”
Entering his 12th season with Portland, Chará is the historical leader of games played with the club (310), games started (306) and minutes played (27,203) in the regular season of the MLS, while registering 12 goals and 27 assists during his career. Since he debuted with the Timbers on April 23, 2011, Chara ranks first among all MLS players in games started, tickets won (780) and fouls awarded (745) in league games.
“The role that Diego Chara has in this team is immeasurable. He is our captain and leader, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him with us for the next three years.”, said coach Giovanni Savarese. “We are incredibly grateful for his commitment and continued hard work with this team.”
Chara has guided the Timbers to a title of Copa MLS (2015), three trophies of the Western Conference Championship (2015, 2018, 2021), three appearances on the MLS Cup Final (2015, 2018, 2021) and the championship of the Torneo MLS Is Back 2020. In that same year, Chara was named to the MLS Dream Team for the first time in his career.
In 2021, Chara made his 300th regular season appearance on September 10 in a 1–0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He became the eighth MLS player to reach that mark with a club, the 55th player in league history and the first in Timbers history. During the regular season, he played in 28 games (27 starts), adding two goals and two assists. In the postseason, Chará started and played in all four playoff games in the team’s run to the Copa MLS 2021, becoming the only player to start in all three MLS Cup final appearances for the Timbers.