CARY, N.C. -- Tim Weah made his international debut on Tuesday, officially playing the last four minutes of the U.S. national team's 1-0 victory over Paraguay, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to earn a U.S. cap.
The son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah -- who now is the president of Liberia -- the younger Weah subbed in for Marky Delgado in the 86th minute and with stoppages was granted another three minutes or so of playing time. It was enough time to get rid of some considerable butterflies.
"An 18-year-old coming into his first game for his country, I was nervous," he said. "The first pass was a little off, but I was like, 'I have to chill out, get comfortable,' so that's what I did. I got a few tackles in, I won a few balls, I almost got an assist. I can only ask for so much."
Weah had said coming into the match that he had three goals: make his debut, get a goal and also the win. He had to settle for two out of three. The near-assist proved to be his best play of the night, as he put fellow substitute Andrija Novakovich in on goal, only for Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez to come up with a sharp save.
"I'm satisfied," Weah said. "I played [seven] minutes. You can only do so much. I almost got my assist, but unfortunately Andrija didn't score. But the main goal was to get the win and play for the team. Coming out here and making my debut in front of such amazing fans was a blessing. I just can't wait to play more games and get more goals and more assists."
Interim U.S. manager Dave Sarachan pronounced himself pleased with Weah's contribution, which helped the U.S. win its first game since October.
"[Weah] was real nervous, he should have been nervous going into his first game against a team that we recognize as a good team," said Sarachan. "They've got to start somewhere, so this was a good debut for him to go in and get his feet wet because this was a big-boy game tonight."
Sarachan added, "Whether it's your 50th or your first, once you're in the arena and on the field, no one cares about how many caps you have."
It had already been quite a month for Weah, as he made his first-team debut with club side Paris Saint-Germain on March 3. Now that he's done the same for the U.S., he's keen to keep the momentum going.
"It's always going to give you confidence coming out here playing for your country," said Weah. "Going back [to PSG], I'm going to take what I learned here and just add it to my game so when I go back I'm unstoppable and hopefully get more minutes in Ligue 1 and just continue from there and hopefully get more call-ups."