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New Timber from Colombia could be 'one of best midfielders' in MLS

by: EITAN ABRAMOVICH The newest Portland Timber is Diego Chará (left), who on March 30 was playing for Deportes Tolima of Colombia and battled Raul Iberbia of Argentina's Estudiantes de la Plata for the ball in a match at Ibague, Colombia.

The Portland Timbers added a second Colombian on Wednesday, signing midfielder Diego Chará under "designated player" status.

Chará, 25, will be able to play once he receives hhis visa. He is 5-8, 150 pounds and from Cali, Colombia. He has been playing for Colombian first-division Deportes Tolima, which finished first in its league last season. He had 23 goals in 11 games of the 2011 season and has played for his national team.

"I believe he could be one of the best midfielders in the (MLS) league," Timber coach John Spencer says.

Chará and countryman Jorge Perlaza, a Timber forward, were teammates in 2006 and 2010.