Chara joins Portland with over 350 professional appearances in the top leagues of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico since making his professional debut in 2010 with Colombian Primera A side Deportes Tolima. A native of Cali, Colombia, Chara, who will join his brother Diego at the club, has played the last two seasons with Atlético Mineiro (2018-19), where he has scored 10 goals in 68 appearances (60 starts) across all competitions. Additionally, Chara tallied three goals in eight appearances for Atlético Mineiro in Copa Sudamericana play, while featuring in eight Copa Libertadores matches in 2019.
Prior to Atlético Mineiro, Chara played two seasons for Colombian Primera A side Atlético Junior (2017-18), where he tallied 18 goals in 52 appearances (47 starts) across all competitions. Additionally, Chara helped Atlético Junior win the 2017 Copa Colombia.
Beginning his professional career with Deportivo Tolima, Chara made 163 appearances (132 starts) and tallied 38 goals across five seasons (2010-14) with the Colombian side. Notably, Chara tallied five goals in 11 appearances on the way to helping Tolima claim its first-ever Copa Colombia title in 2014.
In Mexico, Chara played for Liga MX side C.F. Monterrey (2014-17), where tallied 12 goals in 61 appearances (39 starts) across all competitions, including one goal in three Concacaf Champions League appearances. Chara played on loan with Colombian Primera A side Atlético Nacional in 2015, where he made 26 appearances (24 starts) and tallied five goals en route to helping the club become the Liga Águila 2015 Finalización Champion. Additionally, Chara was loaned out to Liga MX side Dorados de Sinaloa in 2016, where he scored one goal in 16 appearances (16 starts).
At the international level, Chara has made 10 appearances for the Colombia Men’s National Team, tallying one goal and an assist since making his debut in a 3-0 win over El Salvador on Oct. 10, 2014. Chara scored the game-winning goal, the first of his international career, in a 2-1 victory against Venezuela on Sept. 7, 2018. Notably, Chara made four appearances for Colombia in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in South America.