The Timbers announced their first designated player signing today, as Columbian midfielder Diego Chará joins the Timbers from Columbian first division team Deportest Tolima.  The 25 year old Chará has also played for the Columbian National Team, and is a former teammate of Timbers forward Jorge Perlaza when the two were members of Quindio in 2006 and Tolima in 2010.

Photo is from this report at goal.com:
http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/1110/major-league-soccer/2011/04/13/2440470/portland-timbers-sign-colombian-midfielder-diego-char%C3%A1-as

http://portlandtimbers.com/news/2011/04/timbers-sign-diego-char%C3%A1-first-designated-player-club-history