Timothy Weah revealed that he and Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic had been working on the move that led to the USA’s opener against Wales last night.

Speaking to the media after the United States began their World Cup journey with a 1-1 draw, Weah confessed his goal came straight from the training ground.

He and Pulisic started for the Stars and Stripes in Qatar last night, with the two noticeable names expected to fulfil a nations’ dreams.

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Weah obviously has the weight of his father’s legacy on his shoulders.

For Pulisic, his status as a Premier League and Champions League player lifts him above his compatriots in terms of expectation.

Although the pair failed to win yesterday, they at least put the United States on the way to victory.

Pulisic on point for USA

Gregg Berhalter’s side shocked Wales in the first-half with their electric energy.

USA were snappier and sharper in every aspect of the game, epitomised by the opening goal.

Pulisic regained possession in the middle of the park, drove forward with purpose and played a sweet pass into the path of Weah.

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The striker then stuck his shot past Wayne Hennessey to give the States the lead.

This exact interchange was not an off-the-cuff moment, however.  

“I saw the ball come to Christian and as we trained in practice, once he gets the ball I make the run in behind. Christian gave me a beautiful ball and it was up to me to finish it,” explained Weah.

The young do didn’t link up with quite the same effect after the interval.

Instead, Wales summoned up their spirit and managed to salvage a draw thanks to a late Gareth Bale penalty.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.