When Timothy Weah bagged a hat trick at the U17 World Cup last year, he mentioned that one of his goals was to crack the first team at Paris St. Germain by the end of the season.
But with Neymar, Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe all ahead of the now 18-year-old in the pecking order, it was hard to take that suggestions very seriously.
However, Weah bucked that trend when he made his debut over the weekend, coming off the bench in the 79th minute and doing relatively well in his first team debut against Troyes. PSG won the game 2-0
The context of Weah’s debut is important, as the aforementioned attacking trio all missed out due to injuries. Regardless of that, the U.S. youth international coped well in the situation, as shown in the highlights below.
Professional debuts at home
Weah wasn’t the only U17 veteran from last year to make his first team debut in league play; D.C. United’s Chris Durkin came off the bench and played 19 minutes for United as they drew 1-1 against Orlando City SC. Two rookies started for the Lions in that one, Cam Lindley and Christopher Mueller.
Elsewhere in MLS play, teenagers Anthony Fontanta and Auston Trusty both started for the Philadelphia Union. Fontanta scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win against the New England Revolution. Making his first team debut in league play, Trusty went the full 90 minutes at center back more than a year and a half since he signed with the club. The U17/U20 MNT veteran had this impressive moment going up against Juan Agudelo.
Akale notches assist for Villarreal C
Don’t forget the name Mukwelle Akale.
Yes, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder isn’t knocking on the door of first team soccer like some of his young American compatriots in Europe.
But his tantalizing ability to provide game-changing moments remains very much intact, proven by the clip making the rounds from Villarreal C’s 2-1 win against Silla over the weekend.
Sure, first team minutes (somewhere) should be high on his list. And even if that’s not at Villarreal, the Minnesota native still has something.
Former Hoya star heads to Denmark
Midfielder Arun Basuljevic, a three-year star at Georgetown before he signed a homegrown deal with the New York Red Bulls in 2017, has found a new home.
Basuljevic had his option declined at the end of last year, where he spent the duration of the year competing for the Red Bulls II side in the USL. He recently found a new home, announcing that he signed with Fremad Amager in the Danish First Division (second tier).
The 22-year-old links up with former UC Santa Barbara striker Nick DePuy, who is on loan from the Montreal Impact to Fremad.