His mentor in Portland? Diego Chara
You've said in the past you've been a mentor for Santiago Moreno. Who was or has been your mentor during your time in Portland?
Diego Chara. From the moment I arrived in Portland, he has been with me through the ups and downs throughout all these years. I really appreciate him, and I will be forever grateful for him and his family.
What’s your favorite memory with the Timbers so far?
One of my favorite moments was winning against Seattle at their stadium in 2018, when I was able to help with a goal and an assist, as well as scoring the last penalty kick to punch a ticket into the MLS Cup final that year. Another one would be when I was able to score the famous bicycle kick against San Jose last year – that was crazy.
What is your favorite artist or song?
My favorite songs are Bachata by Romeo Santos and Vallenato by Nelson Velasquez.
If you weren’t a soccer player, what would you be?
This is a hard question. When I was a little kid, I would only think about playing around with kids until I played soccer for the first time and it changed my life. Aside from that, I like to dance and swim, so maybe something along those lines. I’m a little crazy but happy too, so maybe psychology as well!
What is your biggest inspiration when you’re playing?
My family and love. I started my professional journey when I was living with my family, and I really learned everything from them. I owe them everything, and everything I am today is because of them. Love is the base of everything, and if you do everything with love, you can live an amazing life.