USMNT: Tim Weah grows in confidence with each camp

At 18, Tim Weah  is the youngest player on the U.S. national team in camp for the matches against Brazil and Mexico, and his confidence level is high since his promising summer at Paris St. Germain.

It wasn't always the case.

In March, he debuted against Paraguay, entering in the 88th minute of a 1-0 win, and was a bundle of nerves. He said afterward he had to tell himself to chill out and sure enough, he almost had an assist, setting up teammate Andrija Novakovich for a chance he missed.

Weah's first start and first goal for the USA came in a 3-0 win over Bolivia in May, but he admitted he was holding back.

"As you saw against Bolivia," he told reporters at the opening of the national team's camp on Monday, "coming in as a young 18-year-old playing against professionals and playing with professionals that I used to watch, I came in with a little bit less confidence, and a little bit less swagger because I was kind of holding back. I wanted to play simple and stuff."

Weah's confidence has grown following a strong preseason and start to the season at PSG for which he scored in the Trophée des Champions (4-0 win over Monaco in China) and season-opener (3-0 win over Caen).

He started the second Ligue 1 game, a 3-1 win at Guingamp, alongside Neymar, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, who are all in the Brazil team the USA will face Friday, but has not dressed since.

"I'm training every day with the best players," he said, "so in this camp I really want to show the world and show our supporters what I can really do on the ball."

Weah says he turned down a loan move over the summer to stay at PSG even though he is not expected to see much playing time following the last-minute signing of Cameroonian forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a free transfer from Stoke City to serve as Edinson Cavani's backup.

"I chose to stay and work on my game," he said, "because I feel like under [PSG coach Thomas] Tuchel and the players that we have it's going to be great for me. My game is going to develop so much and I'm going to mature and I feel like that was the best decision for me."

Delgado added.
Toronto FC midfielder Marky Delgado joined the U.S. camp at which 25 players are training. Delgado started in the 1-0 win over Paraguay in March.

U.S. Roster:

Age Player Team (GP/G)
24 Alex Bono (Toronto FC; 1/0)
23 Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)
23 Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew; 3/0)
Age Player Team (GP/G)
25 John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 33/3)
20 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/ENG D2; 4/0)
29 Eric Lichaj (Hull City/ENG D2; 15/1)
25 Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls; 0/0)
23 Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 7/1)
21 Shaq Moore (Reus/ESP D2; 2/0)
25 Tim Parker (NY Red Bulls; 2/0)
21 Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG D2; 2/0)
25 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 52/0)
Age Player Team (GP/G)
23 Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 17/1)
19 Tyler Adams (NY Red Bulls; 5/0)
23 Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 16/2)
23 Marky Delgado (Toronto FC; 1/0)
23 Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER D2; 10/4)
25 Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1)
20 Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER; 4/1)
23 Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 3/0)
25 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; 6/0)
18 Tim Weah (Paris SG/FRA; 3/1)
Age Player Team (GP/G)
21 Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 2/0)
25 Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 39/12)
27 Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 37/6)

2 comments about "USMNT: Tim Weah grows in confidence with each camp".
  1. beautiful game, September 4, 2018 at 11:41 a.m.

    Confidence relies on coaching and teammates. Both are essential factors. When either or both diminish, it is the player's metal that becomes tested.

  2. frank schoon, September 4, 2018 at 12:06 p.m.

    The best thing for him is to get loaned out. It is better that he plays and gain experience while learning than just learning while practice because that's about he's going to get at PSG. He needs to open his eyes and get realistic.... 

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