The biggest football game of Tim Weah’s life is here – and the Brooklyn-born, Queens-raised rising star is ready to shine on the game’s biggest stage, his uncle told The Post.
Against Wales, 22-year-old Weah scored the only goal for the US men’s national team at the World Cup in Qatar, becoming the first American to compete in the international competition since 2014. The team needs a win on Tuesday Iran reach the round of 16. His uncle, Rosedale resident Michael Duncan, has no doubt it’s within reach.
“They are all confident,” Duncan, 59, told The Post from Qatar, referring to his nephew and midfielders Yunus Musah and Weston McKinnie. “They say, ‘Bring it on, bring it on.’ And I think they’re ready, I can see the confidence in them. Timothy is ready.”
At just 18 months old, Weah started his career with Rosedale Soccer Club in Queens, of which Duncan is President and which was formed in 1999. When Tim was 2 years old, his strong leg became apparent.
“He kicked the ball really hard,” Duncan said. “It was there that he discovered his first love for the game.”
Of course, football was in Weah’s blood. His father, George Weah, played for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea, among others, and won the Ballon d’Or for player of the game in 1995, becoming the first African to do so. George, who has been President of Liberia since 2018, has also been named Africa’s Player of the Year three times.
Despite George’s place among footballing greats, Duncan credited his sister – Weah’s mother Clar – as the “main force” behind the US star’s success on the pitch, as she was intimately involved in her son’s career every step of the way.
“For Timothy, a huge part of his success – I’d say 75% of it – is down to him personally,” Duncan said. “But 25% of that is his mother. She has been dedicated to him and his football since he was two years old, before he could even walk.”
Duncan said Clar, a Jamaican native with whom he owns Rosedale restaurant Jamaica Breeze, has done everything as a supportive soccer mom. She also trained with the Rosedale Rockets.
“She was really dedicated, she did all the trips,” Duncan said of his younger sister. “She traveled to different states, she traveled overseas to see him play football. And now she supports him more than anything. Right now she’s a nervous wreck for [Tuesday’s] Game.”
Clar, who immigrated to New York in 1979, met George while working at a bank in Manhattan. They married in 1993 and had daughter Martha and sons George Jr. and Tim, who was born in Brooklyn. The family lived in Florida for a time, but Weah mostly grew up in Queens.
After moving up to Rosedale’s travel teams and dominating older players, Weah joined the New York Red Bulls Academy before moving to France to play for the Paris Saint-Germain Academy. He signed his first professional contract with PSG when he was just 17.
But the World Cup will go down as Weah’s coming-out party after his monumental goal against Wales, his uncle insists.
“That’s big,” Duncan said. “That one goal at the World Cup is equivalent to about 20 goals in the regular season. And I can’t tell you how many people call from all over the world to congratulate him. He needed that and it was on football’s biggest stage.”
Weah’s father is now widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers not to have played in a World Cup. It is fitting that George not only watched his son play in Qatar but also watched him score a goal that made headlines around the world, Duncan said.
“He can go very far,” Duncan said of his nephew. “I think he’s on his way to be close to his dad at that level and be as solid a player as he is [Cristiano] ronaldo He can go there.”
Despite Tuesday’s result against Iran, Weah has already inspired countless children in neighborhoods like Rosedale to take up soccer. The future of the men’s national team, particularly in 2026, is just as bright – with Weah likely to be back again, Duncan said.
“I’m really impressed and very happy for him because he’s a humble young man and he works hard,” said Duncan. “He’s worked through injuries to get him to this level and he’s impressed with his coaching staff and team members.
“I honestly think they’re going to take that game.”
https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/inside-us-soccer-star-tim-weahs-life-in-rosedale-queens/ Insights into the life of US soccer star Tim Weah in Rosedale, Queens