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Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« on: September 22, 2005, 05:59:51 AM »
Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
By Bob Luder (Kansas City Star)


Tucked away in the southern Caribbean, near the northern point of South America, Trinidad, one-half of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, holds all the charms of the tropics. The inland terrain is a mixture of scenic mountains and floral plains surrounded by long, lazy beaches and crystal-blue coastline.

But even on a seemingly benign island, trouble can be found on its streets.

Scott Sealy knew this.

His mother, Annette, who raised Scott and his three siblings by herself since he was 4, had given her second-youngest child the freedom early to roam and play around St. James, a small town near the nation’s capital, Port of Spain. With Annette working full time as a manager for Trinidad’s only telecommunications company, Scott was left much to his own devices around age 10.

Sometimes, he said with a smile, he’d stay out late and get into mischief, but nothing more serious than climbing a neighbor’s fence and taking fruit off the trees. He took his mother’s advice and steered clear of the “ghetto” areas of the town, with their gangs and drugs. Instead, he turned to swimming and soccer.

“She taught me the only way to prosper on an island is to get into sports,” said Sealy, who’s a high-scoring rookie with the Wizards. “Otherwise, it’s easy to hang out in the streets and get into trouble.”

Sealy took up swimming and set national records in the breaststroke before growing into a soccer scoring machine. He has paid major dividends for the Wizards this season. Sealy’s nine goals lead the team, and he’s one of the front-runners for MLS Rookie of the Year.

“He was always competitive,” Annette Sealy said. “From grade three, I remember him playing soccer, swimming and always being athletic. I’ve never been athletic, and neither was his father, so I’ve always believed that his ability was God’s gift.”

When Scott Sealy was 9, an uncle who coached swimming at the local pool invited him to try the sport.

As it turned out, he could do plenty.

“The breaststroke was so natural for me,” Sealy said. Then, he added with the broad smile and uproarious laughter that come so easily and often to him: “Maybe it has to do with my feet. When I walk, my feet point out, so maybe that helped with the kick.”

Whatever it was, Sealy’s progression in the sport was prolific. By 10, he’d already set his first national age-group record in the 50-meter breaststroke. He set many more records over the next six years.

“When I was 16, my 100 breast time was faster than the women’s world record,” Sealy said. “I think I have a couple of records still standing.”

When he was in his mid-teens, Sealy earned two bronze medals, one individually and one in a relay, at the CC Can, the biggest meet in Central America and the Caribbean region.

“I thought if I’d kept swimming, I could have one day been in an Olympic final,” he said.

If …

“I was in love with swimming,” Sealy said. But, just as he was always able to see the bigger picture and make prudent decisions growing up on the streets, he had another epiphany around the time he turned 14 and was entering high school.

“There was not a lot of money in swimming,” he said. “Everyone was playing soccer, and I thought this was a way to make a living through sports.”

He tried to swim and play soccer for two years, but at 16 he made the difficult decision that he was done swimming.

“I tried it for a while, but I just couldn’t do it,” he said. “I just decided soccer was for me.”

Sealy took to his second sport as naturally as he did his first. He said his St. Mary’s College (High School) team, which played in Trinidad’s north zone, was always competitive. But the team never really won anything.

Still, he said, “I always scored goals.”

Sealy’s proclivity for scoring — he finished with 55 goals and 40 assists during his career at St. Mary’s — gained the attention of Trinidad’s under-20 national team. It was while playing with that team that he was noticed by Wake Forest soccer coach Jay Vidovich.

“When I saw Scott play, I knew right away he could do what I was looking for when I went down there,” Vidovich said. “I wanted a player who was strong on the ball, could hold the ball and distribute it to teammates as well as score.”

Though Sealy always has been mature beyond his years, he had the advantage of actually being older than his peers because of the Trinidad prep system. St. Mary’s was designated an “elite” high school, and students had the option of attending an extra two years and having some credits transfer when they left for college. So Sealy was 19 when he graduated.

He already was receiving invitations to play in a professional league on Trinidad. But the level of soccer wasn’t very high, and neither was the pay. He decided to leave home for Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Still, nothing could prepare him for what awaited. There was cold weather. Sealy had never experienced snow or, for that matter, any temperature under 60 degrees. He was in a foreign land and knew no one.

“It was tough,” he said. “A whole different culture. I wasn’t used to that much structure. I had to adjust.”

He did. By his senior year, Sealy led the Demon Deacons with 17 goals and 10 assists. He was chosen for the all-conference first team and as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

“His senior year, he was our team,” Vidovich said.

Sealy had caught the eye of Wizards coach Bob Gansler long before then.

“I first saw him when he was a freshman at Wake,” said Gansler, who selected Sealy with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. “He didn’t play like a freshman.”

Sealy hasn’t played like an MLS rookie forward, either. He scored his first professional goal in his third game and hasn’t slowed since. He especially went on a tear in August, scoring four goals in five games, a feat that earned him MLS’ player of the month.

“He’s established himself in a certain style he wants to play in,” said Josh Wolff, who plays up with Sealy at forward for the Wizards. “He’s able to fit between the central backs, and that gives guys like Sasha (Victorine) and I the freedom to move around and do different things.”

Sealy’s nine goals are just two shy of the MLS record for a rookie. The Chicago Fire’s Damani Ralph had 11 in 2003.

The Wizards have four regular-season games remaining, although Sealy isn’t sure how many he’ll get to play. He’s been seeing spot duty for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in World Cup qualifying. That team, which still is trying to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, has two qualifiers remaining, which could interfere with the remaining Wizards schedule.

“You only get to be a rookie once,” Sealy said. “So, yeah, in the back of my mind, it would be a nice way to know, yeah, I had a good year. But I might get called up for the next two qualifiers. So, I might only play three more games.

“If I get it, that’d be great. If not ….”

He just sits back, smiles and lets out another of those big laughs.

Life as a rookie in anything can be a virtual whirlwind. And it’s certainly been that for Sealy this year.

As it was when he went to Wake Forest, he again found himself in a foreign land, not knowing a soul. His first five months here, he lived by himself. He still doesn’t own a car. A couple of Wizards teammates live in the same Overland Park apartment complex, and whenever Sealy needs to get somewhere, he borrows one of their cars.

He worked his way through the difficulties, and now life is better. In July, his fiancée, Kaomi Wylie, whom he met when they were 15 and in high school, and the couple’s 2-year-old son, Dante, moved here and joined him.

“It’s all about adjusting for now,” Wylie said as Sealy chased an energetic Dante around the small apartment. “I think it’s helped a lot having us here. The reason we came over here was to give him a support system. It’s worked out well so far.”

All the hardships and adjustments might fade to distant memories if the Wizards can win the MLS Cup in November. Winning a championship is the one thing Sealy hasn’t done yet.

“I’m hoping here in Kansas City I can get it right,” he said. “It’d be great if we could do that in this first year.”

And if he were to get that and the league rookie scoring mark?

Sealy’s eyes bugged out and he threw his head back for one more roaring guffaw.

“Merry Christmas,” he said.
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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2005, 06:43:42 AM »
 Scott Sealy is a clincal player. A real goalscorer . I think he will move to europe in the next three years. Keep doing yuh ting star...and i hope he break that record

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2005, 10:08:22 AM »
big up big man like sealy boyyyyyyyy..... he go make it. c de man score real big goals too
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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2005, 12:48:34 PM »
big up to scot we cuda do with sum a da clincal finshing against coastrica though
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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2005, 12:55:18 PM »
We next prospect to make it big in Europe.  Ah think he would be a good fit for the Dutch Eredivisie.

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2005, 04:44:08 PM »
Sealey sounds  like a likeable guy.....good luck bro  i think youll do well.....

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2005, 05:17:47 PM »
Ah like this article. Very well done. Good organization, good body and substance. Nice job!!

Seally is ok. I think he have a lot to learn though (as any other player). I think he is more of an oportunist than a clinical striker though. I played with him, against him and seen him play many times. That is just my opinion. But all due respect to the brother though and all the best.


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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2005, 08:51:29 AM »
good comments fellas..........thats what we need to do keep encouraging the young players......beware though there are lots of college players in the us system that is following in the same steps as scotty.......lets hope that these guys learn from this experience........keep doing yuh thing papi........by the way it have ah big clash in the naia division this weekend with University of Mobile versus Auburn University Montgomery........Dean Logan goes Mobile........big clash because this could determine who is the no.1 team in alabama in the NAIA division 1.......www.umobile.edu.....check it out

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2005, 09:20:48 PM »
I just want to know...how de ass them come up with that record of 55 goals and 40 assists while at st. mary's? We do record assists and them 55 goals was all throughout his career from u-14 up or he score that in 3 years of first eleven? i eh think he score than many...
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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2005, 04:37:13 AM »
spideybuff first the man play more than three years of first eleven so you dont know what you talking about,before you try to encourage the man and say well done you trying to take away the mans achievements fire bunnn out bad mind people spidey ride out

big up to scott and kaomi and the baby dante you a real man now and a real top scorer

and for the kingman bout opputunist,man u big ducth striker( oppurtunist), thats all part of being a striker you get the those oppurtunities to score simple tap in goals but because he has scored them goals dont classify the man as a oppurtunist,ive seen him dribble whole defence and create his own goals many times,so watch what allyuh saying.

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2005, 12:02:38 PM »
I totally agree with what you saying. There is nothing wrong with being an oportunist star. I was just responding to ponnoxx statement. I believe that there is a difference between clinical and being the right place and the right time (oportunist). Ronaldinho is clinical, yuh give him a small pace or yuh too far away from him as a defender and he will hit a snap shot and find an opening in the net. Same with Shevchenko and then if we come back home Latas.  That is what i was refering too as clinical. So do not think i fighting down Seally. As i said i play with him, against him and watched him played many times. I not taking away nothing from the youth. So doh worry "MR KEON".....ah not fighting your friend.

As for "SHOOTER," you sounding like the same person who posting stuff on the forum. Are you Dean Logan? Or maybe his family member or something. There is more than one trinidadian down in University of Mobile. There is also Jason Providence. It does not seem to me that University of Mobile doing well at this point. I think they drew two and lost two or three. They were once a force to be recon with when Anthony Noriega, Carron Williams and Teba McKnight was going to school down there. Now, they struggling it seems. I could be wrong. I was looking at the "box score" on the site and it says that no one was in attendance. What kind of league is that? Or is it a mistake. In any event lets see if you guys could beat William Carey College and Mid-Continent College. Dean and Jason, you guys need to help your team. Score a goal or get an assist or something man. Are'nt you guys like ex-under 17 national players or something? Show your degree of worth and then i am sure socawarriors and Trinidad would big you all. All the best to "shooter"/dean logan. I saw that Jason had 3 goals and 1 assist last season and Dean only had 1 goal and 2 assist. What happen there, i though Dean suppose to be the better player. However, it seem that Logan was injuried for the first half of the season.




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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2005, 07:02:36 AM »
yea kingman i feel yuh totally you know the game good for real doh study it but thats why its a forum so we could post our comments seeen i was not getting no horrors,by the way if that is your pic you look familiar from around the football scene you play for public youth team maybe know kwame wilthsire and them men?? just asking blessss straight right!!!!

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2005, 08:22:57 AM »
Keon, Kwame Wilshire is my real LION!!. But that picture is Leonson Lewis (ex-national left flanker). I played club and national football all over the country to be honest and with different teams so i know personally many many players. From tobago, to south, in the east to north. Take care star, bless!!!



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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2005, 05:15:46 PM »
Scott Sealy is a good player, but I feel like everyone expecting too much of him . To me, he doesn't look like someone who will ever really light it up in a top European league. His career now starting so he will only get better, but that is also the hindrance...at his age, this being his first year of professional football means that it will be a serious uphill battle for him to be really great. The best players need to be playing pro as a teenager...but I know that not everyone has to follow that path.

From what I see though he is a smart footballer, very unselfish for a foward and has good positional sense. Workrate is also top notch. With good service he will do a job for you. And to tell you the truth, he has exceeded everyone's expectations, so who knows, by 2010 I could be eating my words, but I think he lacking that little bit of raw talent. I am glad he is a Trini though...I think he, Cornell and Kenwyne will be a handful in the future if they could develop some chemistry

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« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2005, 05:48:07 PM »
I think he, Cornell and Kenwyne will be a handful in the future if they could develop some chemistry

i agree with you filho, in a few years time, those three players could be among the most deadly in this part of the world!!  Once they develop properly and consistently, they would be leading the charge to make sure that we qualify for our second senior world cup in 2010!!

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2005, 11:52:23 PM »
honestly jones has failed to prove himself as a goalscorer at international level so i am not sure whether i will count him right now but he is doing it at the club level so the potential is there we just need it for tnt

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« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2005, 03:56:53 AM »
To be fair...none of them has. Jones needs a consistant run in the side up top before you could give an honest assessment of his goalscoring ability. He has been in the TnT mix now for a little while but not always as a striker and not often in the starting line up. Scott needs to play more. I know he has scored for the senior squad, but i wouldn't say he has proven himself for the senior team yet. Even Cornell didn't score enough when he was getting a run. But of all 3 he had the most opportunities up front...especially when BSC was coach. So basically I going based on potential with all 3...they all  have long careers ahead of them.

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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2005, 09:13:49 AM »
Fihlo u up way too early to be postin
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Re: Scott Sealy finds success as MLS rookie after exiting the pool
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2005, 02:02:25 PM »
breds...I was up eatin' breakfas and I say leh me check a lil socawarriors on de laptop

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