Timothy Tillman is set to switch from Germany to the United States per reports from goal.com. Tillman is a 19-year-old dual national from Bayern Munich who has represented Germany at the various youth levels and is provisionally cap tied to the European giants. Therefore, he would have to file a one-time switch with FIFA to make the move. USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos is confident that Tillman will do so in order to be in a March U-20 camp. In fact, he states in the Goal report that he would have already had Tillman in the January youth camp if not for an injury holding Tillman out. Ramos has been working hard to recruit Tillman for some time and it appears to have paid off.
Tillman is the kind of player who is all too rare in the U.S. setup. He is a modern attacking midfielder capable of playing on either wing or centrally as a 10. His goal-scoring technique is very good and his vision and passing are even better. He isn’t overly fast, but he combines outstanding touch with tricky dribbling moves, which makes him a difficult player to defend. This season he has amassed four goals and four assists in 18 games in the Regionalliga (the fourth division in Germany).
Tillman played for Bayern Munich in the preseason last summer, and it would surprise no one if he got an opportunity to win a spot this coming preseason. Even if he doesn’t garner a first-team chance, Bayern may seek a loan in order for him to gain some first-team experience.
Timothy’s younger brother, Malik (15) has already represented the U.S. at the U15 level. He plays for Bayern Munich’s U17 team along with Justin Butler and Jalen Hawkins, who were both called in for the USYNT January camp. Bayern Munich has gathered quite a group of young American players (and that’s not even including potential Bayern player Taylor Booth). Let’s hope a few of these youth players pan out and can one day help the USMNT.