The Portland Timbers announced today that Eryk Williamson has been named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 18. Williamson came on at halftime in Portland’s comeback 2-2 draw at Nashville SC over the weekend, and played a key role in the Timbers battling back to earn a point.
E-lectric ⚡️@erykw19 getting the MLS Team of the Week call after his performance in Nashville.— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) July 5, 2022
Williamson tallied an assist as he played through an inch-perfect ball for Jaroslaw Niezgoda, who scored the equalizer for the Timbers in a hard fought road draw. It marked Williamson’s fifth assist of the season, which is tied for a career best for the Portland midfielder.
It is a testament to the influence Williamson has had on Portland’s recent run of good form that he earned a TOTW spot after playing just 45 minutes. He has been impactful and influential in Portland’s last three results (two home wins and a draw on the road), and has earned praise from the coaching staff and pundits alike.
Williamson’s nod marks the third time in a row that a Timbers player has made the TOTW. Niezgoda and Bill Tuiloma made the best XI after Portland’s 3-0 win over Colorado on June 25, and Santiago Moreno earned a nod after scoring a brace in Portland’s 2-1 win over Houston last Wednesday.
Portland’s attention now turns up I-5, as they prepare to face off against their eternal rivals the Seattle Sounders on Saturday July 9 at 1:30 P.M. at Lumen Field.
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