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.
Here’s some good news at the end of a rough week for some U.S. Soccer fans.
According to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team coach Tab Ramos has convinced a dual-national to join the U.S. system. The report states that Bayern Munich academy product German-American Timothy Tillman is ready to file a one-time switch to play for the U.S.
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The 19-year-old winger, who is the son of an American serviceman, was subjected to speculation of a bid from Barcelona last year. He was set to join the U.S. U-20s at a training camp this month before he suffered an injury with Bayern Munich II. Instead, he’ll come to the next U-20 camp in March.
“He told me he’s ready to go and ready to join us and I’m excited to have him in the group because we haven’t had him in before,” Ramos said.
Tillman has previously represented the Germany Under-19s in Euro U-19s qualifying, meaning he would have to file a one-time switch to play for the U.S. as U-19s qualifying is an official FIFA match. Tillman could still take part in the U.S. U-20s camp without filing the switch, but he’d have to file the switch to play.
The youngster has excelled in his first year with Bayern Munich II, playing 18 games so far this season with four goals in the league. He’s played in the UEFA Champions Youth League in the past as well.
If confirmed, Tillman would join his younger brother Malik, 15, in the U.S. youth system. Malik Tillman is also in the Bayern Munich academy.
It’s big news for the U.S. and should provide more competition for some of the midfield talent in the Under-20 age group.
Julian Green’s off scoring at Stuttgart, but Bayern Munich still has a young player with American ties.
Timothy Tillman is his name. The 17-year-old has represented Germany from the U-15 to U-18 levels, but does have U.S. eligibility (not that there is any clue he’d choose to use it).
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Tillman has been grabbing headlines for his performances in the UEFA Youth League, reportedly spurring Barcelona to make a bid for the attacking midfielder who moved to Bayern in August 2015.
Here’s what his agent told Sport Bild, according to Goal.com:
“There was a tangible offer from Barcelona,” Rossner told Sport Bild. “They’ve observed him for months and they wanted to sign him for the new season.
“Barca’s plan was to let him train with the first team and give him match practice in the second team. In two or three years he would have become a full part of the first team. Bayern president Hoeness vetoed it. They are confident Timothy can become a first-team player.”
Is there any chance Tillman would consider the United States? He turned down a call-up in October of 2015, and prefers to go the German route. And with Real Madrid also allegedly giving chase, he looks destined to join the ranks of Neven Subotic, Giuseppe Rossi, and a legion of other “What ifs?”