Tim Weah. Scored US first goal in the World Cup 2022; officially Timothy Tarpeh Weah (born February 22, 2000) is an American professional soccer player. Who plays as a winger for Ligue 1 club;
Lille and the United States national team. He is the son of former professional soccer player; Ballon d’Or winner, and President of Liberia, George Weah. In March 2018;
He made his senior debut for Paris Saint-Germain. And earned his first senior international cap for the United States.
Was born on February 22, 2000; in Brooklyn, New York. To Liberian George Weah (at the time a professional soccer player); and his Jamaican wife Clar.
George Weah was elected as the 25th President of Liberia in 2018; after serving three years in the Senate of Liberia.
He has two older siblings, George Jr. and Tita. He spent his early life in Brooklyn, Valley Stream; New York and Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Is fluent in English and French. And enjoys producing trap soul music.
He is close friends with fellow soccer player Tyler Adams. His cousin, Kyle Duncan, is also a professional soccer player; for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.
Another cousin, Patrick Weah, was signed to a homegrown player deal. By Minnesota United in 2021 at the age of 17.
He was taught soccer by his father. And played soccer while in Florida for West Pines United;
Before moving back to New York and joining the Rosedale Soccer Club; in Queens, New York. Owned by his uncle. Weah played three seasons with BW Gottschee;
A team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. And transferred to the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2013.
Trial with Chelsea
Tim Weah had a trial with Chelsea; at the age of 13. Weah relocated to France in 2014; to join the Paris Saint-Germain Academy.
In his first start with the academy team; he scored a hat-trick in an 8–1 victory for PSG. Over Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the UEFA Youth League.
On July 3, 2017; Weah signed a three-year professional contract; with French club Paris Saint-Germain, joining the club that his father had played for in the 1990s.
Contract with Paris Saint-Germain
Spent most of the season with the reserves in the Champions at National 2. And the under-19 squad in the UEFA Youth League.
Weah was named to the first-team squad; for a Ligue 1 fixture against Troyes AC on March 3, 2018. While the club’s starting forwards were rested for an upcoming Champions League match.
He came on as a substitute in the 79th minute; of the match and had a goal-scoring opportunity in stoppage time. That was saved by the Troyes goalkeeper.
4–0 win against Monaco
He made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in a 0–0 draw against SM Caen; on the last day of the Ligue 1 season.
Weah scored his first competitive goal for PSG; during a 4–0 win against Monaco in the Trophée des Champions; on August 4, 2018.
He scored his first league goal a week later. In the club’s season opener, a 3–0 win over Caen.
Tim Weah joined Celtic on a six-month loan deal. On January 7, 2019; and said that he was “in love” with the club.
He made his debut on January 19; as a 69th-minute substitute for Scott Sinclair in a Scottish Cup fourth round match at home to Airdrieonians; and scored in a 3–0 win.
Weah’s second goal for Celtic; and his first in the league, came in a 4–0 victory over St. Mirren on January 23, 2019.
Celtic’s Europa League squad
In February 2019 was added to Celtic’s Europa League squad. With Celtic, he won the Scottish Premiership; and the team advanced to the Scottish Cup final.
Weah’s loan spell at Celtic was terminated early by the club in May 2019 after he was selected to the US squad for the Under-20 World Cup, causing him to miss the Scottish Cup final.
On June 29, 2019; Weah signed a five-year deal with Lille, starting on July 1. He made his debut on August 11, starting in a 2–1 home win over Nantes.
Lilles 68 minutes
He played for Lille 68 minutes before being substituted for Yusuf Yazıcı.
Weah made three appearances for Lille throughout the 2019–20 season; however, he missed most of the season due to injury.
Weah suffered two hamstring injuries; that kept him out of the bulk of the Ligue 1 season. The first injury occurred in a game against Amiens SC.
Game against Olympique de Marseille
Keeping him out for six months, then the second; occurred during his first match back with the team in a game against Olympique de Marseille.
Tim Weah made his return from injury during the 2020–21 Ligue 1 season. During Lille’s second match of the season.
He came on in the 79th minute of the game; against Stade de Reims for Burak Yılmaz. And played 16 minutes. On the next Europa League matchday;
3–2 loss against his former club Celtic
Started and stroke his first goal for Lille in a 3–2 loss against his former club Celtic.
On December 16, he came on as a substitute against Dijon FCO; and scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Lille, capping off a 2–0 victory.
In addition to the United States; Weah was eligible to represent France, Jamaica, and Liberia, through residency. And his parents’ citizenships.
Decision to represent the US
Tim Weah stated that his decision to represent the United States “wasn’t hard at all”. And was based on his love of the country and his teammates.
He reportedly turned down offers from the French Football Federation; to join the French program. Weah has represented the United States on several youth national teams.
Beginning with a call-up to train with the under-14 team in 2012. Weah was selected to join the under-15 team; at the Tournament delle Nazioni in Italy. Scoring the winning goal in the final against Austria.
Under 17 Team
He was called up to the under-17 team; under the management of former under-15 coach John Hackworth. In December 2015 for a series of friendlies in Florida.
Weah joined the team for the Montaigu Tournament; which the United States won after he scored in the final against hosts France. At another set of friendlies in Florida; Weah made three substitute appearances.
And scored twice. He was part of the under-17 squad that finished second; in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, scoring two goals.
2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup
Was selected to represent the United States at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India.
In the team’s first knockout stage match; Weah scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 victory over Paraguay. The hat-trick was the first one recorded by a United States;
Men’s national team player at any level; during the knockout stages of a World Cup. And the fifth overall for any American male player at a World Cup.
2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup
Tim Weah was named in the United States squad; for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland.
He scored twice during the tournament; against Qatar in the group stage. To qualify for the knockout stage; and against Ecuador in their quarterfinal defeat.
Weah made his full debut for the senior national team in a 1–0 friendly win; against Paraguay on March 27, 2018.
Entering the match as a substitute; for fellow debutant Marky Delgado. In the 86th minute. He was the first player born in the 2000s; Tim Weah. Scored US first goal in the World Cup 2022;
Earned a senior cap for the United States. During a friendly against Bolivia on May 28, 2018;his first international start, Weah scored his first international goal and became the fourth-youngest player;
To score for the United States, ahead of Josh Sargent, who scored his first earlier in the match.Weah scored the United States’ opening goal of the tournament in a 1-1 draw against Wales.