One of the bright young stars of the United States U-17 national team seems set on beginning his professional career in France for a big club. According to L’Equipe, U-17 striker Timothy Weah will sign his first pro contract with Paris St. Germain.
L'Equipe: Timothy Weah (17), son of Ballon d'Or winner George Weah, is set to sign his first professional contract with PSG. pic.twitter.com/x71rL6Sf2I— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) June 17, 2017
Weah, who featured with the U-17 national team during the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and is expected to be on the roster when the U-17s head to India in September for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, is a striker with great promise who has been a part of the PSG academy since 2014. Moving from the U-15 to the U-19 team within the academy, it is clear that he is comfortable in the system and looks to continue his growth in the French capital.
Timothy Weah is the son of former Liberia international George Weah, Sr., the 1995 Ballon d’Or winner who is famous for his playing days at Monaco, PSG, and AC Milan. George Sr. also played a year in England with Chelsea and Manchester City. Timothy, born in Brooklyn and raised in New York City and South Florida before moving to PSG, has represented the USA at the youth level instead of his father’s native Liberia.
This would be a major deal for Timothy Weah: to continue to grow and blossom at one of the biggest clubs in the world. As the transfer window is set to open, many U.S. fans will undoubtedly keep eyes on the market to see where some of America’s young talent ends up. Weah at PSG is a great first step, and if he can eventually crack the lineup (remember, he’s only 17), could that lead to more eyeballs on PSG? More interest in Ligue 1? All of that is possible. What is hopeful is that more European clubs will look to young American talent and we can see the future of the USMNT on some bigger, more prominent European clubs.
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