This marks Tuiloma’s first Team of the Week appearance since week four of 2018. On March 12, Tuiloma scored the game winner in the 62nd minute to lift the Timbers to a 1-0 victory over Austin FC. It was his first goal of the 2022 campaign and fifth of his career. Notably, Tuiloma and Portland did not allow a shot on goal for Austin, the highest-scoring team in the league heading into the match. The New Zealand international has started and played every minute this season, anchoring an unbeaten Portland backline.
Diego Chara played 90 minutes in the match, winning six possessions for Portland and finishing with an 85% passing accuracy. The Timbers captain leads the club in all-time appearances (313) and minutes (27,473).
The Timbers are on the road this week, facing off against FC Dallas on Saturday, March 19 at Toyota Stadium; the match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a local broadcast on FOX12 PLUS with radio broadcasts on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).