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With Cristhian Paredes signed, Timbers retain key part of their future

After last week’s signings landed the final piece of the Portland Timbers’ initial offseason shopping list, with not one but two strikers addressing a primary concern coming out of 2019, focus could shift from what the team wanted to do to what, one month before the start of their new season, the team needed to do. With the possible exception of adding depth at right back – depth that was dealt a hit when, earlier this preseason, Bill Tuiloma was ruled out for two months – the biggest question concerned one of the team’s most promising young talents: What’s going on with Cristhian Paredes?