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.
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.