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Even though TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was unceremoniously dumped out of the DFB Pokal quarterfinals by second-tier Greuther Furth on Wednesday, the match carried significance for one American.
U.S. Under-23 winger Joe Gyau, made his first-team debut for Hoffenheim, entering as an 80th-minute substitute for U.S. national team attacker Fabian Johnson in the 1-0 loss. Although he didn't have a whole lot of time to make an impact, Gyau did show a couple of bursts of his trademark speed and drew a foul to set up a free kick midway into Greuther Furth territory in the waning minutes.
Hoffenheim went down a man in the 36th minute, conceded a goal eight minutes later and hardly threatened after that. Along with Gyau and Johnson, U.S. international Danny Williams also played a part in the match, going the distance at centerback and inheriting much of the defensive responsibility after his back line partner Marvin Compper was sent off.
The 19-year-old Gyau had recently been close to seeing the field for Hoffenheim's first team, making the bench in two of the club's last three matches before getting over the hump on Wednesday.
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