The Portland Timbers have extended midfielder Cristhian Paredes’ contract by four years and one club option year, the club announced yesterday.
Paredes, 23, is entering his sixth season in Portland after joining from Club América. He has eight goals and nine assists in 79 appearances (60 starts) in MLS. That includes a borderline-starting spot alongside Diego Chara in a double-pivot midfield last season.
Paredes has improved his defensive acumen and excels in goalscoring (0.23 per 90, 88th percentile) and assisting (0.15/90, 83rd percentile) for his position.
Paredes is expected to compete for the starting midfield spot with Eryk Williamson, who missed much of the 2021 season with a torn ACL.