• World Cup 2022

Pele praises USMNT star after ‘beautiful’ Wales goal

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The USMNT saw one of their young talents score his first World Cup goal.

Pele has sent a supportive message to Timothy Weah after his goal in USMNT’s 1-1 draw against Wales.

Following an inch-perfect pass from Christian Pulisic, Weah latched onto the ball inside the box before scoring his side’s first goal in the tournament.

The USMNT ultimately failed to win the game. But Weah received praise from the football icon for his performance.

“Congratulations,” Pele wrote on Instagram. “It was a beautiful goal. Keep dreaming, dreams come true.”

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Weah then responded: “Thank you Papa Pele. 

“It is such a blessing and an honor to receive such an inspiring message from the King himself. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the world and for us young black men. Grandes Abracos.”

Timothy is the son of Ballon d’Or winner George Weah, who is the current president of Liberia. 

Having spent most of his childhood in the US, he decided to play for the USMNT ahead of the World Cup. He seems to have made the right choice, as he’s quickly developed into a starter on Gregg Berhalter’s side.

The USMNT will continue their World Cup campaign with a match against England on Friday.