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Timbers acquire player from French football club Olympique de Marseille

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The Portland Timbers have signed a new defender-midfielder who most recently played in France.

Bill Tuiloma, 22, will be added to the Timers’ roster pending receipt of his international transfer certificate and P-1 visa.

Tuiloma has made 65 appearances in New Zealand and France since beginning his professional career at 16 years old in 2011.

Tuiloma made his first-team debut for Olympique de Marseille on Feb. 7, 2015, becoming the first New Zealand-born player to make an appearance in France's Ligue 1.

Most recently, Tuiloma made 22 appearances – 22 starts – for Olympique de Marseille II during the 2016-17 campaign, scoring one goal.

At the international level, Tuiloma has made 20 appearances for the New Zealand National Team since making his senior team debut against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 15, 2013.

In the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Tuiloma made three appearances, featuring against Portugal, Mexico and Russia. 

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