When Tim Weah stepped onto the field to start last night’s matchup between the United States and Mexico in Nashville, he made some history that few people didn’t realize. Tim Weah, 18 years old, went 90+ minutes in a 1-0 USMNT victory over their rivals. On the same night, hours earlier, his father, soccer legend George Weah, set the stage for the two of them to enter the record books.
George Weah, 51 years old, was the captain for Liberia in a friendly against Nigeria and played 79 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to the Super Eagles. The two Weahs became what is thought to be the first father-son duo to start on separate national teams on the same day.
The elder Weah took a break from his duties as president of Liberia to participate in the match, which was set up in order to retire his #14 jersey. Meanwhile, Tim was playing in his first USA-Mexico match on the senior international level, hoping to once again show that he has what it takes to be a part of the USMNT’s young core moving forward. Tim was the third-youngest player in U.S. Soccer history to start against Mexico (18 years, 201 days), after Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore.
Even though both Weahs played in friendly matches, it’s still pretty cool that this morning they could call each other up and go, “How did you play?” Tim Weah will return to Paris today to resume playing for Paris Saint-Germain, while George will go back to being president. But, they’ll always have that night where they both started for their national teams half a world apart.