Meet the Monarchs: FW Emery Welshman

April 7th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Most of the Real Monarchs are settling into their first season as professional soccer players, with all the highs and lows associated with that rookie season.

Which makes Monarchs forward Emery Welshman a little different.

Welshman, a 23-year-old striker from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was drafted by Toronto FC with the 13th overall pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, but his time with his local side sent him moving on after just one season.

Toronto’s loss, though, is Real Salt Lake’s gain. Welshman popped up with RSL’s first team in February during the squad’s preseason, and he proved to be among the team’s most dynamic attacking players in their first two exhibition games. He signed a contract with the Monarchs, and Welshman will see his first action of the season Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Monarchs’ inaugural home contest against Portland Timbers 2 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Here’s a video previewing Wednesday’s match, where Welshman and a few other Monarchs talk about the home crowd and playing T2.

The Guyanese international missed the first two games of the Monarchs’ season with a call-up, his second since late 2014. Welshman played in two friendlies for the Golden Jaguars, including a start in a 2-0 win over Grenada that followed the team’s 2-0 victory against St. Lucia.

When Salt City FC caught up with the Canadian-Guyanese striker during his latest international call-up, we asked him about the new team, his preferred style of play, and what it means to be called up to his national side.

On starting a new team from scratch in USL play:

“It’s going to be a little bit of a work in progress at first. It’s a completely new team, and we’re still getting used to each other on and off the field. But I’m sure those problems won’t last very long.”

On what he expects from the team’s style of play under head coach Freddy Juarez:

“I like Freddy’s style of play. He’s really possession oriented, but he also likes attacking. I’m an attacking player, so he suits my style very well.”

On playing with the Guyana national team for a pair of international friendlies:

“It’s always a great opportunity. This will be my second game with Guyana, and I’m excited. Hopefully I can keep impressing and be a part of World Cup qualifying this summer. That’s always a really big plus.”

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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