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Finally, Weah appears in the World Cup

Finally, Weah appears in a FIFA senior men’s World Cup. Yesterday Timothy Weah played for the USA Men’s National Team in the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Weah opened the scoring for the USAMNT in the 36th minute, but Bale equalized in the 82nd minute.

Weah, became the first United States international player born in the 2000s to score at the World Cup.

The match ended in a draw, with the USAMNT ruing their missed opportunity to take all 3 points.

Timothy Weah is the son of one of Africa’s greatest players, the President of Liberia, George Weah.

George Weah’s impact

George Weah remains the only African to win the Ballon d’Or. The AC Milan great is also one of the most gifted players to never feature at the World Cup. 

Recall in 2002, Weah made a final push to fulfill a childhood vision of playing at football’s biggest festival.

As captain of the Lone Star, Weah inspired them to reach the final qualifying campaign for the Mundial.

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With only the group winners booking a ticket to Korea/Japan 2002, Liberia was unfortunate to be drawn with three former African champions in Sudan, Ghana, and Nigeria as well as Sierra Leone.

But the Lone Star proved to be the team to beat and pushed Nigeria all the way, finishing second with 15 points, one behind the eventual group winners.

A 2-0 victory in Nigeria and a narrow 1-0 win away in Freetown had helped the Super Eagles’ cause. Dealing a fatal blow to George Weah’s dream.

Timothy’s career

Timothy Weah 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 in 2013. He had a trial with Chelsea at the age of 13. Weah relocated to France in 2014 to join the Paris Saint-Germain Academy. He currently plays for Lille in France’s Ligue 1.

Alfred Saiki
Alfred Saiki
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