Timothy Weah. Photo courtesy of US Soccer Federation.
BY TRONE DOWD
A Rosedale resident with legendary roots in the game of professional soccer has made significant strides to follow in his father’s footsteps and make his own mark on the game.
Timothy Weah, the 20-year-old son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah, was officially selected to represent the United States in the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. He will play as a forward for the team. Weah, having made an impression while playing for the Paris-Saint Germaine Under-17 team, earned himself a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 championship team last year. As a player for the U.S., he hopes to keep that hot streak going.
The 20-year-old, who has dual citizenship in France and the U.S., has spent most of his years playing at a top level in the game. Previously, he represented the U.S. in the Under-15 division.
While the PRESS of Southeast Queens was unable to get in touch with him in time for print, Weah recently said on social media that he is a proud Queens native and claims that he “grinds” for “Rosedale, Gun Hill and Bed-Stuy.”
John Hackworth, the head coach for the Under-17 team, said that the upcoming tournament would act as a qualifier for the 2017 Under-17 World Cup that is set for this October in India.
In addition to winning World player of the year in 1996, his father, George Weah, won numerous accolades in his illustrious soccer career— including African player of the year in 1989, 1994 and 1995 and Player of the Century in 1996. He was the first African to win the Ballon d’Or, or Golden Ball, in 1995. He was also one of the players selected for Pele’s FIFA 100 list that named the top players to ever grace the field.
George Weah also has a background in politics. In 2005, he ran unsuccessfully for president of Liberia. He ran again as vice president in 2011 before finally securing a victory in 2014 during his bid for a Senate seat.
“I am very proud and very happy to see my son grow into this great club that is Paris Saint-Germain,” Weah said. “I played here too, of course—so, for me, it is a great pride. I hope the club will continue to grow, to become one of the biggest teams in the world.”
In a statement to the PRESS of Southeast Queens, New York Red Bulls Communications Manager Gordon Stevenson said that Red Bulls Academy coaches remember Weah as a good soccer player and tremendous athlete.
“As a 12- and 13-year-old, he was technically as good as anyone and very athletically gifted,” Stevenson said. “He was a very good kid as well.”
The U.S. team has been grouped together in the championship with Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador and will play its first game against Jamaica on April 23 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The team will face Mexico on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. and on April 29 at 11:30 a.m.