Stop me if you’ve heard this before. U.S. Soccer are in contact with an 18-year-old Bayern Munich prodigy in an effort to recruit him to play for them.
Timothy Tillman, a German-American forward who stars for Bayern’s U-19 team and even had a bid from Barcelona rejected this winter, has been in touch with U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos about playing for the USA. He is eligible to play for the States due to his father being American.
According to Goal, Ramos invited Tillman to a training camp in November and the young star was all set to accept and attend, but backed out at the last minute.
"We even had his tickets and everything. He was all set and ready to go, but he decided at the last moment that he would accept a call from Germany," U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos told Goal. "I think the door is still open. We've been trying, but at the moment obviously he's still not with us.
"The contact started last summer, and we followed up to the point where he was going to join us in November when he got the call from Germany and decided to do that," Ramos added. "We're on top of it."
Tillman’s 14-year-old brother, Malik, who plays for the Bayern Youth team, has represented the U.S. at the U-15 level. So, there’s always the hope that Timothy follows eventually.
Just in case you were worried that U.S. Soccer’s recruiting of dual-nationals would taper off after the departure of Jurgen Klinsmann, this should alleviate that.