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- Tim Weah, a young soccer player for European powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain and a rising young star within U.S. Soccer, was looking to play some pick-up soccer while visiting his hometown of New York.
- He ended up playing a rec league match with teammates of a Sports Illustrated writer.
- Weah also took photos with fans and posted about the experience on Instagram.
Tim Weah, a 18-year-old budding young prospect at Paris Saint-Germain, was back in his hometown of New York City on Tuesday, and posted on Instagram that he was looking to get in on some pick-up soccer action.
Luckily for him, Sports Illustrated writer Daniel Rapaport's men's league team was in need of some players for a game, so they messaged Weah the information and he happily met up with the team.
"I wasn't there, but by all accounts he was the best player by miles and was playing at about 50% speed. Occasionally he would go at a player and embarrass them with his first step, but he opted to mostly keep it low-key and set up other guys. He even did his shift in goal, as everyone does, for the last five minutes of the game. My team won the game, easily, and apparently the other team wasn't very happy. They asked one of our players who the heck this kid was—"he's so good"—and they were told that he only plays with us in the summer. After the game, the other team complained to the ref. Apparently it's not chill to enlist one of the top young talents in Europe as a ringer in a men's league?"
Weah also posed for pictures with fans — while rocking the sleek Nigeria World Cup kits — and later posted about the game on his Instagram story.