Challenge Cup’s leading scorer won’t participate in league playoffs; he heads overseas today
With 31 goals in 27 games, Tyler Forsey has enjoyed one of the most successful individual seasons in the history of Molson Challenge Cup provincial men’s league
And there seemed no better way to cap off that season than to help lead Holy Cross Kirby Group to a fifth straight league title in the league’s championship tournament this weekend in St. Lawrence.
But that won’t happen. On Wednesday, Forsey was invited to tryout for the under-23 reserve squad of the Dresden Dynamo, which competes in the Bundesliga 2, Germany’s second division pro league.
“I was really excited and looking forward to the final weekend, but when I got the call for this, it’s something I’ve been looking forward to all my life,” says Forsey who flies to Frankfurt this morning.
“It’s something I’ve got to try.”
“Some people want to be artists, some people want to be a scientist or a teacher, but this is the thing I believe that was for me.”
Dynamo played four seasons in the first division (1991–95), but has ssince drifted between the second and fourth tiers. The club was promoted to the second division in 2011.
Forsey, 20, didn’t just appear on the Dyanmo’s radar this summer. As an 18-year-old, the speedy striker was invited to join the team’s under-19 academy team. After a good showing — “I scored several goals and I felt like I was one of the main players on the pitch,” he says of his first stint — Forsey was asked to stick around.
But with no German citizenship and still a minor, he wasn’t able to stay.
“We talked a couple of times about me coming back some time. I wasn’t sure it would even happen.”
Forsey isn’t sure how long he’ll be in Germany or what the Dynamo have planned for him.
“Initially, I’ll be training and depending on what they see, they’ll either give me a no, a yes or push me up to the first team. I could be there a few days or I could end up signing with them.
“I’m going not really knowing what’s going to come out of it, but I’m hoping for the best.”
The invite comes a day after the Challenge Cup league released a list finalist for individual player awards, a list Forsey, surprisingly, was not on. Each team was asked to submit a nominee from their own club for the Dick Power Memorial Award, presented to the league’s Most Valuable Player. The Crusaders chose to nominate midfielder Pat Reddick.
Forsey admits he was a little surprised, especially considering teammate Steve Delong, the league’s leading scorer in 2012, ended up taking MVP honours.
“I figured I would follow suit,” he says.
That said, Forsey isn’t too upset about not being nominated. He’s got a scoring title and that’s enough for him.
“No matter who wins the MVP, someone’s always going to say, ‘I think so and so should have won’. A scoring title is not an opinion, that’s a fact, something nobody can take away from you.
“When I’m 50 and finished playing, when I look back, how many MVP awards I’ve won is probably not going to bother me too much.”