Timmy Tillman, 24, is living his dream by playing professional soccer in the United States and now representing his new home country on the international stage. Born in Nuremberg, Germany to a father in the U.S. military and German mother, Tillman has been approved by FIFA to change his national team affiliation to the United States from Germany, following a move made by younger brother Malik a year earlier.
Tillman grew up playing football in Europe, joining Greuther Furth in the 2.Bundesliga in 2016 and competing for Germany in qualifying for the 2018 European Under-19 Championship. But when his family moved to California two years ago, he started looking for opportunities closer to home and signed with LAFC this year after spending four seasons with Greuther Furth.
In 2020 Timmy made 10 appearances for LAFC and scored two goals so far, showing that he can make an impact on any team he plays for. The midfielder’s skill was noticed by many, which led to him receiving an invitation from U.S Soccer to join their 2023 campaign as they aim at securing a spot at the World Cup Qualifiers next year.
The news came off as a surprise but also as an opportunity that he could not pass up on as it meant being able to represent his adopted home nation of the United States while trying out for one of the most sought after jerseys in international soccer—a U.S National Team jersey for 2023 World Cup qualifiers . He accepted the offer without hesitation and went through all necessary procedures before finally being granted permission by FIFA to officially switch allegiances from Germany to USA earlier this week.
Tillman’s story is not only inspiring but also shows how much potential US Soccer has when it comes to scouting talent both domestically and overseas; something that could be crucial if they want advance further into international competitions such as the World Cup Qualifiers or even potentially win future titles such as Euro 2024 or World Cup 2026. Furthermore, it showcases how someone who followed their dreams and achieved success can end up representing their new country—which is something that surely should bring more players into US Soccer’s radar when scouting future stars of tomorrow’s game.
For Tillman personally this is undoubtedly an incredible experience; one which could potentially lead him onto bigger things such as lifting trophies with his adopted home nation or even captaining them into glory someday soon—all of which are possibilities now open by him switching alliances from Germany over To United States National Team. All while being part of one of America’s biggest clubs; Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). It will definitely be interesting how things turn out for Tillman in time but if his current form holds any indication we could be seeing him wearing an America jersey 2023 very soon here!