Timbers extend defender Pablo Bonilla

by Charlie Folkestad
Pablo Bonilla in training

The Portland Timbers have extended defender Pablo Bonilla’s contract through 2023 with a club option for a third year, the club announced today.

Bonilla, 23, has 26 starts in 30 appearances for the Timbers. He has effectively been Portland’s backup right back and left back for the past two seasons. He received $85,444 in guaranteed compensation in 2021, according to the MLSPA.

Bonilla spent four seasons in the Venezuelan Primera División before joining the Timbers in 2020, playing a single match for T2 before the pandemic. He has also been called up to the Venezuelan National Team for its most recent round of World Cup Qualifying matches.

Bonilla has struggled at times in MLS, but he excelled in a few statistical categories, per Football Reference.

Among MLS fullbacks, Bonilla landed in the 92nd percentile for interceptions (2.98 per 90), 99th for passes blocked (0.53/90) and 81st in shots blocked (0.46/90) in over 1300 minutes of play last season.

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