On Tuesday night, Paris Saint-Germain forward Tim Weah made American history. In the 86th minute of the match versus Paraguay, Weah experienced his first debut with the U.S. Men’s National team. In that moment as the 18-year-old ran onto the field with his orange cleats, he became the first player born in the 2000’s to play for the UMNT. Though he is relatively new to professional soccer, Tim Weah is quickly making a name for himself. Here are five things to know about him.
Son of a President
If his last name sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Tim Weah is the son of Liberian President, George Weah. However, prior to being the president of an African country, George Weah was a pretty impressive soccer player. In fact, he was so impressive that in 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year. George was the former striker of Chelsea, AC Milan, Manchester United, and PSG. Talk about a tough act to follow, although this doesn’t appear to be a problem for Tim.
Weah, the youngest of three, was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 22, 2000. He grew up in both New York City and Florida. In Florida, he played for West Pines United FC, and while in New York he played for the Rosedale Soccer Club in Queens. At 10, he played for U.S. Soccer Development Academy club BW Gottschee. Following this, he had a brief run with the New York Red Bulls Development Academy team.
At 13, Weah packed his bags and flew over the Atlantic to train with Chelsea. From there, he captured the attention of PSG. He became a valuable player on their academy team. In his first season for the UEFA Youth League, he scored a hat-trick. It was also during this time that he learned to speak French. Meanwhile, he continued to play for U.S. junior teams in addition to the PSG youth academy teams. Then in July 2017, Weah signed his first professional contract for PSG. Shortly after this, Weah played in the FIFA U17 World Cup as a striker for the U.S. and scored a hat-trick against Paraguay.
A week after his 18th birthday, Weah made his first appearance with PSG. With forward Neymar out for the season due to an injury, Weah’s shining opportunity came in the 79th minute when he was substituted in for Giovani Lo Celso. Despite coming very close to scoring, Weah’s attempt was stopped by the goalkeeper. Although, Weah will have plenty of time in the future to rack up goals for PSG seeing as he signed on to play for them until 2020.
Besides being skilled with the ball, Weah is also skilled with a paper and pen. He’s passionate about writing music and hopes to pursue a potential career as a Trap Soul artist. So far since 2017, he has created six songs. Along with being a top professional soccer player, he’s also looking to one day become a music producer with studios in both New York and Liberia.