USA’s Tim Weah talks World Cup aim, beating Iran: ‘Moment of my life’

One among Tim Weah’s first embraces after the USA males’s nationwide staff superior previous the group stage with a 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday was with the president and first woman.

The president and first woman of Liberia, that’s — George and Clar Weah, Tim’s mother and father.

George Weah had a legendary soccer profession of his personal, however his son now has one thing he by no means had — a aim within the World Cup. George was by no means capable of take the Liberian nationwide staff to the match regardless of a protracted and storied profession there.

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That added to the feelings of Tim scoring within the thirty sixth minute of the USMNT’s 1-1 draw versus Wales of their 2022 World Cup group stage opener, with George and Clar in attendance. 

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However Tim Weah revealed in a dialogue Wednesday with FOX Soccer analysts Alexi Lalas, Maurice Edu and Clint Dempsey — all former USMNT stars themselves — that the second he skilled along with his mother and father Tuesday after the USA formally punched its ticket to the knockout stage topped any that had come earlier than.

“This is the moment of my life so far,” Weah stated whereas watching video of the embrace. “You dream of this as a kid, playing in front of your parents and making them proud. My dad texted me, ‘Son, thank you for making us proud.’ My mom told me she loved me and that she’s so proud of me.”

Nonetheless, the aim Weah scored again on Nov. 21 off an help from Christian Pulisic doesn’t rank far behind.

“It’s a blessing,” Weah stated. “It’s something I can’t really explain. After watching the USMNT over the years, watching guys like Clint score bangers in the World Cup, it was always a dream of mine to do the same. And to do that in front of our whole country, my family, and everyone else’s family that was out there was definitely an amazing feeling.”

Quickly after the 22-year-old New York native caught up along with his mother and father Tuesday, Weah shared one other emotional embrace — with Pulisic, who suffered a pelvic contusion whereas scoring the deciding aim close to the top of the primary half versus Iran. 

Pulisic was briefly hospitalized as a precaution however had returned to the staff lodge forward of his teammates following the victory. As quickly as Weah noticed Pulisic, he ran over and embraced his fellow World Cup goalscorer.

“I was texting Christian in the locker room after the game,” Weah stated “I was like, ‘Bro, are you good? Make sure you’re fine. We need you.'”

Pulisic has insisted publicly that he will probably be out there for the USMNT’s Spherical of 16 match with Group A winner Netherlands on Saturday (9 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities App), and Weah confirmed that Pulisic is “doing well.” Weah additionally stated that the joyous ambiance across the staff didn’t diminish as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.

“Everyone was going crazy,” Weah stated. “It was an amazing experience. After the win, you just want to celebrate and get all those jitters out. It was definitely a vibe.”

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Weah known as this younger USMNT staff a “special group” that has its personal distinctive methods of bonding that differ from the period of Edu and Dempsey, when the staff would keep free by enjoying video video games and pool. Weah is the “music guy” on the present United States squad, recognized to change up the staff’s playlist by including artists similar to 112 and Luther Vandross — and even produce his personal beats generally, as effectively.

“We do a lot of things,” Weah stated. “We watch movies, we vibe out. But I think most importantly, we all do yoga together, we meditate together, just bringing those vibes and that energy. It’s been good and keeps us levelheaded and ready for this challenge.”

‘It is us towards the world’

'It's us against the world'

Tim Weah discusses the USMNT’s mindset about advancing to the Spherical of 16, teammate Christian Pulisic, and beating Iran.

That problem comes within the type of the USA’ match with the Netherlands.

A win in that recreation would give Weah and his teammates one thing that even USMNT legends like Lalas, Edu and Dempsey by no means skilled — a visit to the World Cup quarterfinal spherical, the place the U.S. has not been since 2002.

“It’s gonna be a huge game for us,” Weah stated. “As a young group, getting this experience of qualifying to the round of 16 is going to be big. Playing a team like Netherlands with a lot of talent is going to be a challenge, but we’re up for it. We have a lot of talent ourselves. We’re ready to take it to the next level and perform at the highest stage.”

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The three former gamers have been additionally floored — and maybe slightly jealous — when Weah dished on the USMNT’s lodging on the staff’s lodge in Doha, Qatar. Weah stated the USMNT has entry to a state-of-the-art lounge, a movie show, a non-public bar and restaurant, an exclusive-access seashore and even a barber store.

“Can we get in there? Can you hook us up?” Lalas stated, jokingly.

Weah was not about to disclaim his USMNT predecessors.

“You guys have the invite,” he stated, then turned to Edu and smiled.

“Come get your shape-up.”

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