DELHI, India — Timothy Weah admits he doesn’t try to score beautiful goals, only goals.
After all, they all amount to the same on the scoreboard.
However, on the scale of fantastic goals, that’s another matter entirely.
Weah scored one Monday, which is considered one of the best goals at the Under-17 World Cup.
The former B.W. Gottschee player struck for a sensational 22-yard shot into the upper right corner for his second goal of a hat-trick in the U.S.’s 5-0 pummeling of Paraguay in the Round of 16.
“I don’t know what to say,” Weah said at a press conference. “I just cut back and my striker instinct told me to hit it. It ended up being a beautiful strike. Without the pass coming from [Indiana Vassilev], I wouldn’t have created the space to score this goal. I really thank him. I don’t score a lot of beautiful goals, most of my goals are tap-ins — a striker’s real goal — but today I’m just so excited to have scored a brilliant goal.
“I was just so excited. It’s one of those shots where you just hit it and see where it goes, but the form that I used to shoot it was just perfect and I thought ‘Wow, what a one in a million chance to be in a World Cup and score an amazing goal like that.”
Weah became the first American male to register a hat-trick in a knockout-round game of any type of World Cup.
“This young man did it all and the goal, by the way, wasn’t brilliant, it was world-class,” U.S. head coach John Hackworth said. “I’m sure a lot of people are taking notice.”
Timothy is the son of former Liberian international star George Weah, who is in a run-off election for the presidency of the country.
Asked if he had texted his father, Weah replied (according to ESPN): “There isn’t a lot of connectivity in Liberia so I couldn’t text my father. I texted my mom. She told me to get down on my knees and thank God for scoring a hat trick and now focus on my next game.”
The U.S. will face the winner of the England-Japan Round of 16 match Saturday.