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USMNT Feb 08, 2021

USMNT prospect Tim Weah shines in France’s Ligue 1

When you’re battling for a starting spot on a first division side in Europe, every minute on the field counts.

Tim Weah certainly made his best pitch to manager Christophe Galtier that the U.S. Men’s National Team attacker should play more often at Lille, especially after two winning performances this past week.

Weah, who turns 21 on Feb. 22, has performed 18 times for Ligue 1 leaders this season, but has started only three matches. The son of international soccer legend and Liberian President George Weah scored a goal in a rare start and helped set up the insurance goal as a late-match substitute.

His heroics began on Wednesday as Weah tallied in Lille’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux. On a counter, Luiz Araujo squared the ball to an onrushing Weah, who slotted the ball home from six yards for a two-goal advantage in the 66th minute.

Weah has three league goals in 432 minutes this season, tied for fifth on the team.

Back on the bench for Sunday’s contest against Nantes, Weah entered in the 79th minute and four minutes later started the sequence on Jonathan David’s second goal of the match to cap the 2-0 road victory. Weah pressured Nantes into a turnover and bolted down the right flank. He found David, who did a quick give and go with Benjamin Andre before drilling a shot into the upper left corner.

The two wins helped Lille (16-2-6, 54 points) remain atop the Ligue 1 table.