The knock against Forsey

John Browne
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Jeremy Dow, who played for the Memorial Sea-Hawks and was a member of the Mount Pearl Challenge Cup championship soccer team in 2002, claims we should tone down our praise of Tyler Forsey and his escapades in Germany.

Jeremy Dow

Forsey had been practicing with the under-23 Dresden Dynamos in Germany before quitting recently.

(ALSO read "Forsey's side of the story".)

Among other things, Dow says Forsey wasn’t invited to the camp.

“I arranged it as favour to Walt Mavin,” said Dow of his former Mount Pearl coach.

Dow claims Forsey paid to come to the trial, and that he wasn’t fit and was simply not good enough. So that’s why he quit.

“He quit in the end … like he did with St. Lawrence, Mount Pearl and Holy Cross,” notes Dow.

“I would love to see a Newfoundlander do well, but Tyler has illustrated the opposite of a Newfoundlander. He has illustrated quitters’ qualities and yet he’s praised.”

Dow told me in an e-mail last week that German team trainer Steffen Ziffiert was not impressed with Forsey’s attitude, either.

He was judged to be strong, but clearly not stronger than what the team, a Tier 5 level club, already had.

“If he had patience, he could be something,” said Dow of Forsey.

This all may be true, but it doesn’t take anything away from Forsey’s monster season in the Molson Challenge Cup Soccer League.

And, by the way, paying to go to a sports camp or tournament, of course, is nothing new for our young hockey players.

Born and raised in Toronto, Dow, who has family in Bishop’s Falls, is a football (soccer) player agent who is also teaching at Bonn International School in Germany.

He’s working with Kevin McKenna, a Canadian pro from Calgary competing in second division German Bundesliga, and Dow also represented other Canadian talent, such as Randy Edwini Bonsu.

Dow said he scouts players for the Major League Soccer and the Bundesliga. He said he recently took an Ontario player from the under-17 nationals to the Borussia Dortmund club.

“I send Canadian talent back and forth and deal heavily within the Bundesliga and the MLS,” said Dow.

“I keep my fingers crossed in hope of some Newfoundland talent makes it. If a diamond comes up, I could happily set up something in this country or Europe,” said Dow. “There will be Newfoundlanders here (Germany) in the end. We just have to wait for the right diamond.”

St. Lawrence native Jordi Slaney attended a two-week training camp on an invitation of the Toronto Football Club of Major League Soccer last year.

“I know that at TFC Academy junior team coach Jimmy Brennan really liked Jordi due to the combination of his skill and attitude,” said Dow.

Even though he wanted to set the record straight, Dow was hesitant to say too much negative about specific local soccer players.

“I’d prefer not to get into a George Street twister when I come home for the holidays,” he said. “Nevertheless, facts are facts and Newfoundland will have much more to be proud about down the road when they finally produce a pro player.

“Better the whole football community think he (Slaney) is the best example to follow,” he said.

Organizations: Major League Soccer, Bonn International School, Borussia Dortmund TFC Academy

Geographic location: Germany, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland Toronto Calgary Ontario Europe George Street

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Recent comments

  • Ivy Cooper
    October 03, 2013 - 14:40

    As i read this i am not going to be critical of the comments you made on Forsey..i know of the good young players from Grand Bank,Fortune and St Lawrence..there have been quite a few..i have a brother who was very athletic and followed him all his growing up..and as sister's pray that one day he may be noticed..but we noticed him and that was what we cared about...i now have a nephew who is following in his footsteps and i too think he is a great young man that deserves a chance..will he, maybe not but in our families eyes he will be a star..and if you happen to see our young player Justin Wells ..who started a course at Marine Institute this year say hi ..And i commend you Jeremy are quite the columnist..thy for the great read...

  • WOW
    October 03, 2013 - 08:54

    This story is great to show the non soccer fans in Newfoundland that Tyler is an average player, what soccer fans already know. How embarrassing for Walt and Tyler as a family to stage all this to make him look better!!!! Oh well, CBS will take ya.

    • Gloria
      October 05, 2013 - 11:52

      I was wondering if scoring 31 goals in 27 games is average? How many goals did the other players in the league score? Was Tyler F. named "player of the month" by the NLSA for May and July of this season?

    • Gloria
      November 24, 2013 - 18:52

      Wow!!! Tyler Forsey has just been named NLSA Sr. Male Player of the year for 2013. It is obvious that you do not know anything about soccer and your comments about this young man are purely malicious and not based upon fact! SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Now Now Gloria
      December 16, 2013 - 07:52

      Gloria, or Walt I would assume. Tyler was in fact named 2013 Senior player of the year and was given the award by Gord Dunphy who is Tyler's supporter. Tyler is a self centered a$$ on the soccer field and that is why he is not with Holy Cross anymore!! Sorry to be blunt but that's the way it is. 31 goals in 27 games is not that impressive really considering that Holy Cross were the dominant team a played CBS and Canada Games 12 times. Let's see what 2014 brings for Tyler, when he joins a lesser team.

  • Brad keeping
    October 02, 2013 - 16:08

    Bad attitude?! I don't believe it hahahahahahahah