Portland Timbers supporters will have another Chara to cheer for in 2020.
The club announced Thursday that it had acquired winger Yimmi Chara, the 28-year-old brother of current Timbers’ midfielder Diego. The Colombian international was acquired through a transfer with Brazilian Serie A side Clube Atlético Mineiro. Chara will be a Designated Player for Portland and occupy an international roster slot.
“Yimmi is a player we have followed closely for nearly 10 years and having the resources made available to bring him to Portland is tremendous for everyone in the club,” Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson said in a statement. “He is a quality player and person who has proved himself at the highest level for both club and country and having two Chara’s on the same team is something we are all very excited about.”
Since becoming a professional at the age of 18 in 2010, Chara has played in the top leagues in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. With his first club, Colombian side Deportivo Tolima, he scored 38 goals in 163 appearances across five seasons.
At Chara’s next stop, in Liga MX with Monterrey, he tallied 12 goals and eight assists in 61 appearances. While with Monterrey, Chara also played on-loan with Liga MX’s Dorados de Sinaloa and Colombian side Atlético Nacional.
Over the past two seasons in Brazil with Atlético Mineiro, Chara netted 10 goals and had eight assists in 68 appearances. He also scored three times for the club in Copa Sudamericana play and featured in eight Copa Libertadores matches.
Chara has 10 caps for the Colombian national team, most notably featuring in four matches during the country’s attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Chara last featured for the team in a 2019 friendly against South Korea, playing seven minutes as a substitute.
“I am very happy and excited to join the Timbers. Everything my brother has done and what he has mentioned about the team and the city is a great indication of what things could be for me and my family next season,” Chara said in a club statement. “I am going through a great moment in my career and I feel confident I will be able to give the organization my best to help them achieve their goals on and off the field.”
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At 5-foot-7, Chara has mostly played as a right winger throughout his career, but he has also featured as a left winger and a second striker. He is right-footed.
Yimmi’s brother Diego has been with the Timbers since 2011, featuring mostly as a holding midfielder. In 262 MLS appearances, Diego has scored nine times and dished out 19 assists.
“Yimmi is a fantastic player. He has shown his qualities everywhere he has been. His work ethic and determination will make us a more competitive team,” Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “Yimmi is a well-rounded professional like his brother and will add versatility to the squad as he can play in a variety of positions.”