Midfielder Diego Chara, 35, signed a new multi-season deal with his longtime Major League Soccer (MLS) club, the Portland Timbers, on Friday.
The Colombian played the last 11 seasons of his career with the Oregon club, establishing new marks for the number of games (310) and minutes played (27,203) in a Timbers uniform. He will have the opportunity to write history again, he who has signed up until 2024.
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A defensive mainstay in Portland’s 2015 MLS Cup conquest and final appearances in 2018 and 2021, Chara leads the Garber Circuit with 780 successful tackles since making his league debut in April 2011.
« The role Diego Chara plays with this team is immeasurable, » head coach Diego Savarese said in a statement. He is our captain and our leader, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him with us for the next three years. We are very happy with his commitment and hard work with the team.”
Chara’s brother, Yimmi, has also been playing for the Timbers since 2020.
Significant acquisition in Los Angeles
Los Angeles FC reportedly completed one of the most expensive interleague transfers in MLS history when they paid $1.5 million to add midfielder Kellyn Acosta to their roster.
According to the circuit’s website Garber, the LAFC sent $1.1 million in general allocation money to the Colorado Rapids, while $400,000 will be awarded based on the American’s performance. The Rapids will also receive a portion of the proceeds from any possible transfer of the player.
The 26-year-old has already expressed a desire to play in Europe in the future. Contract negotiations with the Rapids broke down recently. His current agreement includes options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Acosta has played 196 games in MLS with the Rapids and FC Dallas. He scored 16 goals and added 20 assists during his career.
Another experienced keeper in Atlanta
On the side of Atlanta United FC, experienced goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth has agreed with the club for one year. He also has an option for an additional year.
The 13-year MLS veteran will likely be Brad Guzan’s assistant next season. The two porters are 34 and 37 years old respectively.
Shuttleworth had 23 starts with the Chicago Fire last year, allowing 38 goals and four shutouts. The former New England Revolution and Minnesota United FC player has played 225 games in MLS.