DeMerit Signs with Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps, who will join Major League Soccer next spring, announced the first signing for their official MLS roster: U.S. international Jay DeMerit.

The 30-year-old Green Bay, Wisc., native played for Watford in the English Championship and Premier League from 2004 to 2010, serving as captain during his last three seasons with the club.

He has 23 appearances for the U.S., and started all four games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He has been without a club since leaving Watford, essentially by mutual consent, last June.

Interesting factoid: DeMerit’s coach at Watford, Ray Lewington, was a starting midfielder for the 1979 Vancouver Whitecaps, who won the NASL that season, downing the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the final.

Click here for more on the signing, including video commentary from DeMerit.


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