Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki isn’t the only German impressing in Dallas these days. Timo Pitter, FC Dallas’ second round draft pick and native German, is the name on every fan’s lips after his performances in preseason.
Pitter notched six goals in preseason, easily leading the FCD squad.
"It was a fun preseason, a long preseason," said Pitter. "I was just glad that I could score some goals and get some minutes."
Pitter’s performances earned him a contract and have caught the eyes of Dallas fans, effectively starting a hype train. However, his goal right now is just to make the bench.
"I think I just got to keep working and hoping that I can get some minutes," said Pitter. "If I get minutes, I just got to show up."
The midfielder not only earned a contract, but a meeting with Dirk, one of his idols, on Monday at the Mavs’ practice facility. Born in Oberschwarzach, Germany, Pitter grew up a few miles from Würzburg, where Nowitzki spent his days molding his basketball skills. Pitter called meeting Dirk "an honor, to be honest," and mentioned that Dirk is going to come to some games this year.
"We come from the same area and he was like a superstar to us," Pitter said of Dirk. "He just told me that especially in his first years here it was pretty hard. He just gave me advice to work really hard and that it’s worth it."
Pitter says he would be really happy and hopes to be named to the squad on opening day vs. Philadelphia Union and bring "some fresh, fast legs off the bench," but knows it’s Head Coach Oscar Pareja’s decision.
The 23-year-old German wants the team to finally bring a championship to Dallas this season, and hopes he "can just be a part of it and contribute."