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Jay DeMerit
Jay DeMerit

Hometown:
Green Bay, Wis.

High School:
Bay Port

Position:
Defense

Experience:
1998-2001


07/24/2014

Former Standout Jay DeMerit Announces Retirement From Pro Soccer

DeMerit played 10 years in the professional soccer circuit

06/18/2014

UIC Alum Jay DeMerit Serves as World Cup Analyst

DeMerit brings World Cup experience as panelist for ESPN FC

05/05/2014

UIC Holds Inaugural `Night to Ignite'

Student-athlete awards ceremony took place Thursday night at the UIC Forum

05/02/2014

UIC Holds Inaugural `Night to Ignite'

Student-athlete awards ceremony took place Thursday night at the UIC Forum

Post-UIC: Worked his way to play for English side Watford FC in August 2004...immediately became a fan favorite and led Watford to a promotion to the English Premier League after scoring the winning goal in the 2006 Coca-Cola Championship final...became the first UIC product to play for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2007, helping the U.S. win the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title that summer...helped the U.S. advance to its first-ever FIFA tournament final at the 2009 Confederations Cup, beating top-ranked Spain in the process...named to the United States' 2010 FIFA World Cup roster, becoming the first UIC player to play in a World Cup...started all three matches in Group C play of the 2010 World Cup, helping the USA win a group for the first time since 1930 and advance to the knockout stage.

Read about Jay's story in The New York Times | Read about Jay's story in Sports Illustrated

Career: Four-year letterwinner for the Flames from 1998-2001...played in 80 matches, starting 73 times...started 69 consecutive matches, beginning with the final six contests of his freshman season...three-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region defender, including two straight All-Midwest First Team honors...three-time All-Conference First Team (1999, 2000 All-MCC, 2001 All-Horizon League)...major factor for UIC's first two conference champion and NCAA tournament teams in 1999 and 2000, including 2000 NCAA Sweet 16 side...scored 11 career goals...14 career assists...36 career points...part of 25 shutouts in his career.

2001: NSCAA All-Midwest Region First Team defender...All-Horizon League First Team selection...named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team...started all 18 matches...scored four goals and assisted on three others for 11 points, the fifth-most on the team...scored all four of his goals within the season's final seven matches, including a goal in three consecutive contests: Detroit on October 26, Milwaukee on November 3 and Loyola on November 10.

2000: Capped off a solid junior season with All-MCC First Team recognition as well as NSCAA All-Midwest First Team honors...finished up with three goals and six assists for 12 points, which was fifth most on the team...was solid on defense as he helped the Flames collect 10 shutouts during the year, including UIC's 1-0 win over Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...he and the Flames gave up just one goal in three games during the MCC Tournament and for his contributions earned a spot on the all-tournament team...offensively, he netted a goal in UIC's quarterfinal win over Cleveland State...tallied three assists in the Flames' regular-season win over the Vikings...was named the MCC Player of the Week on October 23 after netting two goals, including the game-winner, in a pair of road victories at Loyola and at Wright State.

1999: Solid contributor to the Flames' defense as a starter in all 21 games as they collected nine shutouts while allowing an average of just over one goal per game...earned a spot on the All-MCC First Team as well as the MCC All-Tournament team...was also named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team...on the offensive end of the field, he tallied three goals and three assists for nine points to lead all defensemen...headed in the game-winning goal in UIC's quarterfinal win over Cleveland State at the MCC Tournament...also had the game-decider in the Flames' 4-1 victory over local rival and league foe Loyola...was named to the MCC's Academic All-Conference Team.

1998: As a rookie, played in all 17 games while starting on defense in 10 outings...tallied one goal and two assists for four points...his lone goal of the campaign was a big one as it was the game-winner in the 2-1 overtime victory at Loyola...helped out on Greg Chrisman's game-winner in the 1-0 overtime win against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Prep/Personal: Led Bay Port High School in goals, assists and points as a junior and senior...in his final year, he tallied 22 goals and 16 assists for 60 points as the Pirates finished with a 15-3-1 overall record...for his efforts, he was selected as the Green Bay Press Gazette Metro Player of the Year...as a junior he registered totals of 14 goals and 10 assists for 38 points while Bay Port compiled a 15-3-1 record...earned First Team All-Bay Conference honors as both a junior and senior and was also selected to the all-state and all-metro squads both years...also played basketball and ran track in high school...earned second team all-conference honors in track as a junior and senior and was named to the second team all-metro squad as a senior...born December 4, 1979...son of John and Karen DeMerit...graduated from UIC in 2002 with a degree in industrial design.

UIC alum Jay DeMerit (15) is mobbed by U.S. teammates Tim Howard and Steve Cherundolo after the USA beat Algeria, 1-0, in a dramatic win that qualified the U.S. for the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was DeMerit's 22nd cap with the U.S.


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