Diego Chara, Media Day 2017

Portland Timbers players come from a variety of countries and various parts of the United States. Different languages, different cultures. Timbers Roots takes a look at some of the origins of Portland players to learn more about where they came from before they were part of The Rose City.

This latest edition: Diego Chara. This MLS Timbers original has anchored the team's midfield since his debut for the club in 2011. So far in 2017, Chara has played every minute of every match, even scoring the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy in the team's second match of the season.

What is the name of the first team you ever played on?
Las Ceibas [ed: Las Ceibas is a river in Colombia]

Who was your favorite sports hero growing up?
Claude Makelele

Timbers Roots | Diego Chara comes from a city of legendary salsa dancers -

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What is the name of your hometown
Cali [Colombia]

What was/is your favorite thing to do in your hometown?
Spend time with my parents

What's one unique fact about where you came from?
We are great salsa dancers


What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
Go to the beach in the summer

What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
Rice and beans

What was the last picture you took with your phone
With my wife and kids