A familiar face on the back line
DeMerit has been a huge part of the Whitecaps great play this season, and has been a rock at the center of defense.
The Green Bay native has only missed one game in 2012, and also scored the winner in the ‘Caps first road victory, a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
He has been instrumental in helping the Whitecaps to a league leading 9 clean sheets and an 8-4-6 record. DeMerit was the Whitecaps first MLS signing, coming over from Watford FC of England’s Championship League.
DeMerit’s story is becoming famous quickly, after the release of Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.
The film follows his journey from NCAA Division 2 Soccer with the University of Illinois at Chicago, to his move to England with less than $2000 dollars, to playing Sunday Pub League.
He then got noticed during a friendly against Watford FC, who he later captained and led to the English Premiership.
On Wednesday, July 25th the MLS All-Stars will take on current Champions League holders Chelsea, at the Philadelphia Union’s PPL Park.
Being named to the First Xl doesn’t necessarily mean DeMerit will start, but he is an All-Star.
It is his first MLS All-Star nod.
Whitecaps FC Head Coach Martin Rennie this week said, “I suppose they just congratulated him, and realize how important it is to have 30,000 followers on Twitter.”
An obvious fun natured dig by the Scottish first year coach at his Captain.
Below, you can find the full First Xl, voted by fans via Twitter, text and MLSsoccer.com:
Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Congratulations to Jay DeMerit for his fine play in 2012.