Timothy Weah is keen to impress for the Unites States after scoring on his full international debut in Monday’s 3-0 friendly match win over Bolivia
Weah, son to Liberian President George who is also the first and only African to be crowned Fifa World Player of the Year, has opted to represent the United States instead of his father’s country of birth.
The 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward became the fourth-youngest player to score for the USA when he netted the third goal in a convincing victory in Philadelphia.
With the US having failed to qualify for next month’s Fifa World Cup, they have embarked on a rebuilding exercise, with sights set on the 2022 edition and young players form the core of the team.
Now, Weah having announced his arrival in the US senior side, he is eager to cement his place in the team by further impressing after also featuring for their Under-14, 15 and 17 national teams.
“We’ve come such a long way,” Weah told the Associated Press.
“We just want to impress our fans. We just want to play with our hearts.”
US caretaker coach Dave Sarachan fielded a starting line-up averaging 22 years,160 days as well as an average of just 6.7 international appearances.
Before his full international debut on Monday, Weah made his maiden appearance for the US senior team as a late substitute in the 1-0 friendly match win over Paraguay in March.
Playing for just four minutes, he might not have enjoyed the game-time he desired, before now seizing the full opportunity against Bolivia.
Weah connected into the goals a cross from the left side by Everton’s 20-year-old defender Antonee Robinson.
“Once I saw the service come in, I was like, I got to get there. I got to get this. This is my opportunity to get the goal,” Weah said.
His father George Weah turned out for Manchester City, Chelsea, AC Milan and PSG.
Having let his son play for the US, the Liberian Head of State has also cited national interests in backing the joint US, Canada, Mexico bid to host the 2026 World Cup against Morocco’s request.