Family affair

Diego and Yimmi Chara make the MLS Cup a family affair

The duo already got a taste when PTFC won the MLS is Back tournament in the summer of 2020. An MLS Cup on the line in Portland, however, is on another level. This is exactly the kind of scenario they dreamed of when they were reunited.

While Diego has become a PDX institution since arriving as the club’s first ever Designated Player a decade ago, Yimmi has lived a more itinerant existence, playing for Tolima, CF Monterrey, Atletico Nacional, Sinaloa, Atletico Junior and Atletico Mineiro during this period. Now his big brother is relishing the chance to give him a taste of the stability he thrived in as the Timbers’ excellent defensive midfielder.

“Ten years ago we had the opportunity to play for the same team and the same club, and now to have the same opportunity to play for the same team again, in this league, has been really, really good for us, perfect for our families here,” Diego told earlier this month.

“Yes, he is happy. Before deciding to come to Portland, he played in different leagues around the world, in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. And then now he had the ability to feel that balance, to settle in one place,” Diego de Yimmi said. “And having me here as a team-mate is an easy way for him to adapt to the team and the city as well.”