Timothy Weah describes the “amazing feeling” of scoring a World Cup goal in front of his father

Timothy Weah’s goal against Wales in Monday’s Group B opener was notable for two reasons: it was the United States’ first at a World Cup since 2014 and it came before his celebrated father George, the Liberian president and Ballon d’95. Or winner who has never played on football’s biggest stage.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Weah, 22, told ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday after Team USA and Wales drew 1-1. “I mean, you know, when he was playing he didn’t have an opportunity to lead his country to a World Cup and now his son is here doing his best so I know he’s proud.

“My father and mother go crazy at the stadium. I saw her when I scored. I know they are proud of me and I just want to make them proud out here and keep doing a good job.

US soccer star Timothy Weah spoke to ABC's Good Morning American about his recent goal

US soccer star Timothy Weah spoke to ABC’s Good Morning American about his recent goal

Liberian President George Weah (left) and his son Timothy, a US soccer star, dined in Qatar this week after the 22-year-old's stunning goal in his World Cup debut

Liberian President George Weah (left) and his son Timothy, a US soccer star, dined in Qatar this week after the 22-year-old’s stunning goal in his World Cup debut

George, Timothy and Liberia's first lady, Timothy's Jamaican-born mother Clar Marie, were seen enjoying a meal together in Qatar this week. George later posted photos of the meal on Twitter

George, Timothy and Liberia’s first lady, Timothy’s Jamaican-born mother Clar Marie, were seen enjoying a meal together in Qatar this week. George later posted photos of the meal on Twitter

George, Timothy and Liberia’s first lady, Timothy’s Jamaican-born mother Clar Marie, were seen enjoying a meal together in Qatar this week. George later posted photos of the meal on Twitter.

“Just had dinner with my son Timothy Weah,” George wrote. ‘Proud father.’

And he had every reason to be proud of his son.

Timothy gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute of Monday’s World Cup opener after 19-year-old teammate Yunus Musah headed the ball to Josh Sargent, who passed it to Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea player then shoved the ball upfield while Weah fielded the Welsh defense down the wing.

After four dribbles, Pulisic laid it down to Weah, who slotted the ball inside the box out of reach of the sliding Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey.

“It was a big moment for me, my family, my teammates, the entire United States,” Weah told GMA. “I mean as a kid you know when you grow up and you play football you dream of scoring at a World Cup and big moments and helping the team and I feel completely blessed and honored to be in that position , and you know, do it, so yeah, I’m very happy.’

Timothy Weah of USA celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales

Timothy Weah of USA celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales

President of Liberia George Weah whose son Timothy Weah plays for Team USA and scored a goal during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales

President of Liberia George Weah whose son Timothy Weah plays for Team USA and scored a goal during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales

George Weah is the only African Ballon d'Or winner to receive the prestigious award in 1995

George Weah is the only African Ballon d’Or winner to receive the prestigious award in 1995

The goal not only impressed George, who was seated in a box at Al Rayyan stadium, but also Brazilian legend Pele, who became the last man to score against Wales in a World Cup.

“Congratulations,” the Brazilian tweeted to Timothy, who dedicated the goal to the United States and his father’s home country Liberia.

“It was a beautiful goal,” Pele continued. ‘Dream on, dreams come true.’

Weah referred to him as “Papa Pele” and thanked the soccer star for the “inspirational message”.

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for the world and for us young black men,” Weah wrote, adding “Grande Abraços,” which means “big hugs” in Portuguese.

The goal not only impressed George, who was seated in a box at Al Rayyan stadium, but also Brazilian legend Pele, who became the last man to score against Wales in a World Cup.

The goal not only impressed George, who was seated in a box at Al Rayyan stadium, but also Brazilian legend Pele, who became the last man to score against Wales in a World Cup. “Congratulations,” the Brazilian tweeted to Timothy, who dedicated the goal to the United States and his father’s home country Liberia

Timothy was asked about the exchange on GMA.

“It meant the world to me,” he said. “I mean, to get a message from one of the greatest that has ever done it is an amazing feeling. I feel blessed to even be in the position where, you know, he felt the need to give me that kind of encouragement.

“I love him and, you know, dreams do come true, so whoever sees this, all the little boys and girls out there, make sure you believe in yourself and your dreams will come true one day.”

Timothy was also asked if he grew up in Rosedale, Queens, a suburb of the New York borough.

“Small town boy, came from Rosedale, you know, it’s a very community vibe,” he said. “Call everyone there. I want to thank them for always pushing me to be the best I can be. I know I represent a whole group of people and I represent the community. I love you guys and can’t wait to come home and celebrate with you.’

As for Friday’s crucial game against England, Timothy seemed optimistic.

The Lille star said spirits were high among his US teammates.

“Everyone is excited,” he said. “We are ready for the big stage and the big moment. So we can’t wait.”

The U.S. begins Friday at 2:00 p.m. EST with England before concluding Tuesday’s Group B game against Iran.

Timothy Weah of USA controls the ball during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales on Monday at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

Timothy Weah of USA controls the ball during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales on Monday at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

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