‘It Has Been A Dream’: Emery Welshman Retires From Pro Football
Former Forge and Toronto FC striker Emery Welshman has announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 32.
The Guyana international’s career had seen him play for a variety of teams in both North America and overseas, with his club honours including two Canadian Premier League titles with Forge and a USL Championship trophy with FC Cincinnati.
“It has been a dream,” said Welshman online. “After a decade of professional football, it is time to officially hang up the boots. I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to achieve this goal.”
Welshman went on to thank his family, teammates, and coaches throughout a career that saw his youth days with Sigma FC precede an MLS SuperDraft selection by Toronto FC in 2013, following which he suited up for the likes of Real Monarchs, Real Salt Lake, Puerto Rico FC, and FC Cincinnati, where he helped the side to a USL Championship title before being re-signed by Alan Koch as the club transitioned to Major League Soccer.
Unable to include himself in their plans for MLS heights, the Mississauga-born then spent a loan spell with Forge FC for the inaugural CPL season, where he bagged three goals and two assists for the hammers en route to a title win. He then moved abroad to Israeli sides Hapoel Haifa, Bnei Sakhnin, and Hapoel Ra’anana before returning to Forge FC in 2021.
While he helped Forge reach back-to-back championships over the next two seasons, his squad role fell to one of an impact substitute during their title-winning campaign of 2022, after which he went separate ways from the club.
He returned to semi-pro League1 Ontario side Sigma FC, bagging ten goals in nine appearances through the regular season. The club described him as a role model for many of their athletes, and someone who plowed the road for others who followed in his footsteps.
His farewell message also made sure to thank the country of Guyana, for whom he represented 25 times on the international stage. After making his debut in 2015, Welshman participated in the likes of the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifiers, and Concacaf Nations League alike, with a career including highlights like a hat-trick against Turks and Caicos back in 2018, assisting against Bahamas in a World Cup qualifier in 2021, captaining against Bermuda in 2023, and helping the side to a penalty shootout win over Grenada during his final match this year.
“Representing my mother and father’s beautiful roots internationally has been the best moments of my career and I will cherish those incredible memories for the rest of my life,” stated the striker.
What comes next remains to be seen: the centre-forward’s career spanned nearly 200 professional appearances, though it’s unclear if his off-pitch career will see him stay within the football world. He becomes the second former Forge champion to hang up his boots this year after Daniel Krutzen’s retirement last week.
Header Image Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League