There is not a more exciting talent coming out of this young USMNT camp than Paris-Saint Germain’s Tim Weah.
Weah has shown glimpses of brilliance in the past 18 months or so, easily becoming a USA sensation before he has even proven himself.
He was only able to get a 10 minute cameo against Brazil in the USA’s last friendly, but today he got the full 90.
Here is an inside look at how Tim Weah fared against Mexico.
Starting out of position on the left side of midfield, Weah received with two passes on the touchline from Eric Lichaj that he miscontrolled for a Mexican throw. Weah then lit up the same touchline, sprinting past Mexico’s right wing-back and into the box to earn his side a corner. He worked hard off the ball often pressuring every Mexican near him and tracking back when Lichaj was out of position.
A very quiet spell for the PSG man as Mexico enjoy a good bit of possession. Wasn’t able to impose himself when the US had the ball as they continued to play on the right side of the pitch and seemed to forget Weah was even there. He was a distracting runner when Gyasi Zardes won a foul on the edge of the box for a USA chance.
The 18-year-old finally drifted into the match as he started to come more central and play as a second striker behind Zardes. He found the ball in midfield and almost slotted an early pass to Shaq Moore into the box. Weah then proceeded to take two shots outside of the box; the first a corner, the second a deflection into Wil Trapp’s path. The forward started to make the right runs into the box along with a bit more on the creative side which was promising for the USMNT’s attack as a whole.
Coming off the second half, Weah looked much more lively. He linked up well with Julian Green, who was playing as a No. 10 as it were. The teenager was still unable to make the finally pass or final cut to get a shot off, but it was a better stretch for the New York-born. Doesn’t help that his side aren’t playing to any of his strengths though.
Weah started to recieve the ball at his feet more but was unable to shake the onrushing two or three players on any occasion. Antonee Robinson was introduced which helped the forward tuck in and move about the field freely which lead to a couple of chances to cross the ball in, specifically the early cross into Zardes path who was just centimeters wide of the net. Definitely looking much better as he floats centrally into his natural position.
Continued to make tireless runs. Had a chance to breakaway when a Mexican defender was nonchalant with the ball, but couldn’t get the loose ball around his opposition. Came off in the stoppage time with what looked like a bit of a cramp. Not the ending he would’ve hoped for.
It wasn’t the dynamic play we saw Tim Weah display in the past friendlies for the US and during the International Champions Cup matches this summer. The youngster was unable to pull off any of the flash and dazzle from the Paraguay and Bolivia friendlies that made the entire nation remember his name.
To be fair, he still is the player from those friendlies, as he’s played really well early doors for PSG. However, it might just be a waiting game for Weah as this US team transitions from Dave Sarachan to another coach and another identity in November. The new manager will, perhaps, see the United States lacking options up front and play Weah in his natural position or find the correct way use of him on the flanks.
It was just an indifferent night for the young forward. With the raw talent Weah has, there is no denying he will be a major player for the USMNT, especially as the likes of Pulisic and some of the veterans undoubtedly return.
Soon the question won’t be “Does Weah play” but rather who plays next to him.