June 18, 2014
CHICAGO - While on break from Major League Soccer action for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UIC men's soccer alum and Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit is lending his expertise as an analyst for ESPN FC. DeMerit was a starting defender for the U.S. men's national team on its quest for the World Cup in 2010, when the U.S. won its group for the first time since 1930.
DeMerit played a key role in the success of the U.S. four years ago at the World Cup in South Africa. A 1-1 tie against England and a 2-2 draw with Slovenia set the stage for the U.S.'s match against Algeria, who it shut out, 1-0. The win marked the first time the U.S. had won its group since 1930 and only the fifth shutout by a U.S. team in World Cup action. The U.S. would ultimately fall to Ghana, 2-1, in the round of 16.
DeMerit's selection to the U.S. national team was in part due to his performance in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, in which the U.S. advanced all the way to the final with a 2-0 win over top-ranked Spain before falling to Brazil, 3-2, for the title.
From 2004-2010, DeMerit made a name for himself on the roster of Watford FC. In the 2006 playoffs, DeMerit headed in the first goal of the finals match against Leeds United en route to a 3-0 shutout victory, earning Watford a promotion into the English Premier League.
In the fall of 2010, DeMerit returned to North America and signed on as the first player for the Whitecaps, who he captains as one of their top defenders. Now in his fourth season with the club, DeMerit has started 69-of-71 games played and tallied one goal and one assist in his second season in 2012.
A four-year letterwinner at UIC from 1998-2001, DeMerit played in 80 matches with 73 starts while scoring 11 goals and posting 14 assists. DeMerit was a three-time NSCAA All-Midwest Region selection and made quite the impact in the Flames' two conference championships and NCAA tournament runs in 1999 and 2000.