The youth national team experience tends to accelerate by degrees once the player hits the U17s. For one, it’s the first age group with a World Cup, and the U17 World Cup is a scouting bonanza. It has historically been a scene-setter for some of the top pros in the world, until then shielded by the relative anonymity of provincial academies and U15 BNTs.
Timothy Weah is currently in the midst of that acceleration. And he is picking up speed. Fast.
Weah is, of course, the son of AC Milan legend George Weah, which has dictated much of the coverage surrounding his early years. That much was always inevitable. But as he’s joined the U.S. U17 MNT’s current two-year cycle, which dead-ends at the 2017 U17 World Cup, Weah’s gradually stepped out on his own. The New York native had a cup of coffee in the Red Bulls system before moving on to Paris Saint Germain in 2014, and he is hammering other children into the core of the earth with the force of Beowulf.
In addition to his multiplying duties in the U.S. youth national team system, Weah’s become an indispensable starter for PSG’s over-stuffed U17 team. Right now, PSG is competing at the Al Kass International Cup, limited entirely to U17 sides. PSG’s experience had gone poorly until they met up with Shanghai Greenland on Tuesday.