It only took nine seasons for Diego Chara to be named to a MLS All-Star squad, and now he’ll be able to showcase his talents against La Liga side Atletico Madrid. He’s one of 26 players named to play on July 31st in Orlando. He will also be the Timbers lone representative at this year's All-Star Game.
The 33-year-old defensive midfielder is the Portland Timbers all-time leader in MLS regular-season appearances (244), games started (242) and minutes played (21,412) across all eras (1975-current). Chara, a three-time Timbers Players’ Player of the Year, has appeared in at least 27 matches in eight consecutive seasons. Chara made his MLS debut on April 23rd 2011, he joined the Timbers from Colombian first division side Deportes Tolima.
Here’s the full All-Star Roster
Defenders: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas)*, Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)*, Romain Metanire (Minnesota United FC)*, Leandro González Pírez (Atlanta United FC)^, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire)*, Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles FC)^, Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)^
Midfielders: Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United FC)^, Diego Chara (Portland Timbers)*, Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy)^, Mark-Anthony Kaye (Los Angeles FC)*, Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders FC)*, Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez (Atlanta United FC)^, Maxi Moralez (New York City FC)*, Nani (Orlando City SC)^, Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas)#, Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC)*, Diego Rossi (Los Angeles FC)*
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy – EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge)^, Josef Martinez (Atlanta United FC)*, Wayne Rooney (D.C. United)^, Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)*, Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)^
^Fan XI selection
*James O’Connor selection
#Commissioner Don Garber selection