Beautiful goal: The son of Liberian President Tim Weah scored the first goal for the United States at the World Cup in 8 years

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George Weah is the Liberian Imran Khan. A famous soccer star, the first African to become the FIFA Player of the Year, turned to politics after retiring and became president in 2017. His son Tim shone last night for the USA, scoring the goal against Wales.

Father George was born in the Gibraltar region in the city of Clara, a poor neighborhood in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. He once said, “Sports was my passport out of poverty.” During his teenage years in the 1980s, he shared a bedroom with 10 other boys. Years later, he was standing at the Samuel Doe Football Stadium in Monrovia, where he played often, to be sworn in as President of Liberia. It was the first election of the nation, formed by freed American slaves, after the brutal civil wars ended. He took over from Africa’s first female president, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who stepped down after two terms.

Liberia, led by George Weah, was unable to play in the World Cup finals. Now his son, Tim, got the chance and made it count.
Wales player Neco Williams kicks the ball past American Tim Weah during the World Cup, Group B soccer match between the United States and Wales, at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, November 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
“My dad wanted to do it with his country, but he never had the chance to do it. Now he’s kind of living through me. I think it’s a blessing. It’s amazing to be able to represent my family on this stage,” Tim told Fox Sports a few days ago. “I think it would mean the world to him, seeing his son on stage and following in his footsteps is a drug. If I had a son or a daughter and I was watching them play in the World Cup, I would be happy too.”

Tim was eligible to play for Liberia or Jamaica, where his mother is from, as well as France. But he grew up in New York, and he always wanted to play for the USA.
Tim Weah of the United States, celebrates after scoring in the World Cup, Group B soccer match between the United States and Wales, at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, November 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojnovic)
Father George was a striker, who played for Paris Saint-Germain, Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City during an 18-year club career that also saw him win the Ballon d’Or. His final appearance for Liberia was in September 2018 when he made a surprise appearance in an exhibition match against Nigeria at the age of 51, a year after he was elected President of Liberia.

But the son has, in some ways, taken an even bigger step: a World Cup goal.

And it was a great goal for the team as well. Christian Pulisic exploded from midfield, the ball fell past two defenders, Tim Weah cut the ball in from the right, brought down a defender, to take the ball and a nice light touch with his right foot, dunk the ball under the goalkeeper into the net for USA’s first goal in the World Cup world 8 years ago.

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