Defender Appeared in 54 Matches Over Last Three Seasons in Hartford
SAN ANTONIO (May 24, 2023) – San Antonio FC has acquired defender Walid “Tulu” Yacoubou via transfer from Hartford Athletic, pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Per team policy, terms of the transfer were not disclosed.
“We are delighted to welcome Tulu to the team,” said head coach Alen Marcina. “He is a USL Championship experienced centerback that will add to our defensive core. He is a physical presence, with very good recovery speed, and is dominant in 1vs1 defensive situations. Tulu is a great professional who we feel will be a team culture fit.”
Tulu joins SAFC after appearing in 54 matches over three seasons with Hartford, playing just under 4,000 minutes for the club. Last season, the Togolese defender appeared in 23 matches, 18 starts, scoring twice. Defensively, Tulu finished second on the team in blocks (27) and third in clearances (88).
Prior to joining Hartford in 2021, Tulu spent time in Portugal with Sporting club Ideal, Swedish third division side IFK Holmsund and USL Championship side FC Tulsa, then known as Tulsa Roughnecks.
SAFC returns home this weekend for a matchup with New Mexico United. Kickoff from Toyota Field is set for 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, with tickets available now at SanAntonioFC.com or the SAFC app. The match will also be broadcast locally on Bally Sports Southwest, or nationally on ESPN+.