USMNT-eligible Tillman with two assists on 2.Bundesliga debut

Timothy Tillman
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USMNT-eligible playmaker Timothy Tillman made his Greuther Furth debut in style.

Tillman collected the first of two assists just 10 minutes into his 27-minute shift in a 4-2 loss to leaders Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

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The first assist went to Norway international Havard Nielsen with the score 3-0, and the second came in stoppage time when Tillman’s cross was deposited by Kenny Prince Redondo.

Tillman turned 21 last month and has trained with the U.S. at youth levels, though he has not switched allegiances after representing Germany as a youth. His brother Malik, 17, turned out for the U.S. U-15s but has since repped Germany’s U-18s and has been promoted to Bayern Munich’s U-19 side.

He was with Furth’s academy from 2009-15 before signing with Bayern Munich. Tillman played 31 times with six goals for Bayern Munich II, getting two Bundesliga appearances on loan to Nurnberg last season before rejoining Furth last month.

USMNT midfielder Julian Green missed out on the match as his hard-luck with injuries continued in an otherwise strong season.

Furth slips seven points back of the promotion playoff spot with the loss, while Arminia’s 44 points are six points clear of third in the race for automatic promotion.