Timothy Weah

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Timothy Weah
Personal information
Full name Timothy Tarpeh Weah
Date of birth (2000-02-22) February 22, 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth New York City, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Celtic
(on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
Number 30
Youth career
0000–2010 West Pines United
2010–2013 Blau-Weiss Gottschee
2013–2014 New York Red Bulls
2014–2017 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Paris Saint-Germain B 15 (4)
2018– Paris Saint-Germain 5 (1)
2019–Celtic (loan) 5 (2)
National team
2012[1] United States U14
2015[2] United States U15 6 (1)
2015–2017 United States U17 14 (6)
2018– United States 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:51, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 15, 2018

Timothy Tarpeh Weah (born February 22, 2000) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Scottish Premiership club Celtic, on loan from Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He is the son of ex-footballer, Ballon d'Or winner and President of Liberia, George Weah and represents the United States in international competition. In March 2018, he made his senior debut for Paris Saint-Germain and earned his first senior international cap for the United States.

Early and personal life[edit]

Weah was born on February 22, 2000, in New York City, to ex-footballer George Weah and his wife Clar; he has two older siblings, George Jr. and Tita. He spent his early life in Brooklyn, Valley Stream, New York, and Pembroke Pines, Florida. Weah is fluent in English and French, and enjoys producing trap soul music.[3] He is "close friends" with fellow soccer player Tyler Adams.[4]

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Weah was taught soccer by his mother and played soccer while in Florida for West Pines United,[5] before moving back to New York and joining the Rosedale Soccer Club in Queens, owned by his uncle.[3] 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.[3] He had a trial with Chelsea at the age of 13.[6] 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.[7][8]

Senior[edit]

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.[9][10] He spent most of the season with the reserves in the Championnat National 2 and the under-19 squad in the UEFA Youth League.[11][12]

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.[13] 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.[14][15] Weah 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.[16]

Weah scored his first competitive goal for PSG during a 4–0 win against Monaco in the Trophée des Champions on August 4, 2018.[17] He scored his first league goal a week later in the club's season opener, a 3–0 win over Caen.[18]

He joined Celtic on a six-month loan deal in January 7, 2019,[19][20] and said that he was "in love" with the club.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] In February 2019 he was added to Celtic's Europa League squad.[24]

International career[edit]

In addition to the United States, Weah was also eligible to represent France, Jamaica, and Liberia, through his residency and parents' citizenships.[25] 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.[26] He reportedly turned down offers from the French Football Federation to join the French program.[27]

Youth[edit]

Weah has represented the United States on several youth national teams, beginning with the under-14 team in 2012.[1] Weah was selected to join the under-15 team at the Tournament delle Nazioni in Italy, scoring the winning goal in the final match against Austria.[2]

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.[28] Weah joined the team for the Montaigu Tournament, which the U.S. won after he scored in the final match against hosts France.[29][30] At another set of friendlies in Florida, Weah made three substitute appearances and scored twice.[31] He was part of the under-17 squad that finished second in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, scoring two goals.[32]

He was selected to represent the U.S. at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.[33] In the team's first knockout stage match, Weah scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 victory over Paraguay.[34][35] The hat-trick was the first one recorded by a U.S. 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.[36]

Senior[edit]

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 to earn a senior cap for the United States.[37][38] 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.[39][40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of February 15, 2019
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain II 2017–18[41] 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
2018–19[41] 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Total 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 4
Paris Saint-Germain 2017–18[41] 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2018–19[41] 2 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 1 3 2
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 2
Celtic (loan) 2018–19[42] 5 2 2 1 0 0 1[b] 0 8 3
Career total 25 7 2 1 0 0 2 1 29 9
  1. ^ Appearance in the 2018 Trophée des Champions.
  2. ^ Appearance in the UEFA Europa League.

International[edit]

As of November 15, 2018[43]
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2018 8 1
Total 8 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the United States' goal tally first.[43]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 28, 2018 Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, United States  Bolivia 3–0 3–0 Friendly

Honors[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain[41]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "U-15 BNT Wins Tournament delle Nazioni with 3-2 Victory over Austria". U.S. Soccer. May 1, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Five Things to Know About U-17 MNT Striker Tim Weah". U.S. Soccer. October 16, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Timothy Weah: USA teammate backs 'dynamic' PSG forward at Celtic". January 13, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ Woitalla, Mike (April 14, 2015). "George Weah's son progresses in U.S. national team program". Soccer America. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Son of Weah having Chelsea trial". ESPN. March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Johnson, Jonathan (July 3, 2017). "PSG sign Timothy Weah, son of former Ballon d'Or winner, to first pro contract". ESPN. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
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  20. ^ "Timothy Weah: Celtic secure 'hungry' PSG forward on six-month loan". January 7, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
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  22. ^ Southwick, Andrew (January 19, 2019). "Celtic 3–0 Airdrieonians". BBC Sport. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
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  36. ^ "More on Tim Weah's Historic Hat Trick vs Paraguay at the FIFA U-17 World Cup". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
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