Tulu was a mainstay in the Hartford Athletic back line in 2021. Signed in April just days before the start of the season, he played and started 27 matches and totaled 2,309 minutes, which was the fourth most on the team. He also led the team in clearances (135) and blocks (31). At season’s end, Tulu was named Defender of the Year in the Fan’s Choice Awards and earned his first call to the Togolese National Team’s camp for World Cup Qualifying matches.
“Having consistency at the back is so important to our success and Tulu is a large part of that. Tulu adds steel to our defense and was someone we really counted on in 2021. I’m very happy to have him back with us again this season.”
BEFORE HARTFORD ATHLETIC
Tulu has prior USL Championship experience in 2019, playing for Tulsa Roughnecks. After one season in Tulsa, he took his talents overseas, signing for Portuguese Club SC Ideal. He has bounced back and forth between Europe and the USA. He played at Prince George’s Community College before transferring to North Carolina Wesleyan College. He spent time in the USL PDL with North Carolina FC U23s and had stints with clubs in the Czech Republic and Sweden before signing for Tulsa.