After playing three competitive games this spring, Patrick Weah is off to the pros.
The 17-year-old forward signed a Homegrown deal with Minnesota United, the franchise announced this week.
“It’s another chapter in us showing that we are committed to the youth development,” said MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath. “As I said last year when we signed Fred [Emmings], if there was more kids that we felt were ready to make the step, we would have done it. Patrick [Weah] is another one of them kids.
#MNUFC has signed forward Patrick Weah as a Homegrown Player, the second in club history.— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 4, 2021
Weah has signed a four-year contract with Minnesota, with a club option for an additional year.https://t.co/C2xR9ZKT9A
"He’s got loads of raw, natural talent. We have to harness that over the next few years, and then try and teach him the sort of nuances of the game, because of all the physicality in the game. And the basics, he’s got in abundance. We’re delighted he’s decided to join us. It’s the start of a lot of hard work for him but we feel as though he’s got a lot of raw attributes to make the next step. Can we continue this now, can we continually bring one or two players from the system below, to keep promoting them to the first team squad? That’s got to be the aim.”
Before joining SLU in the fall, Weah starred at Wayzata High School, before eventually joining Minnesota's Academy. He scored a goal in three appearances this spring for Saint Louis.