Unfortunately, soccer has been a backburner sport for Americans. To soccer players it is a sport based on speed, balance and agility. To some fans it is a sport of constant motion and intelligence. Some might see it as a high speed chess game. Under Coach Bradley, the United States just might have a team that will give teams around the world a run for their money during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The United States team will go up against England on June 12, 2010.
A Strong Force
Jay Demerit will be a factor for the United States team during this World Cup competition. DeMerit is a “central defender” for the 2010 US Soccer team according to www.ussoccer.com, Jay Demerit-U.S. Soccer. Jay DeMerit has gained a respect from United States Coach Bradley as being a tenacious and intelligent defender. DeMerit and his teammate Oguchi Onyewu have made their way into soccer acknowledgement as top defenders for the United States soccer team.
Playing defense in soccer is tough. The defender must be quick and be able to anticpate the movement of the ball and the opposing player. In soccer, a team may play a zone defense which is where a player patrols a certain area. Man to Man defense is also played in soccer. This is where a player will mirror the moves of the offensive player to prevent a player from receiving the ball. If an offensive player does receive the ball, the defensive player defends his team’s goal by either stealing the soccer ball from the offensive player or pushing the offensive player towards the sideline away from the net.
Jay DeMerit played soccer for the University of Illinois-Chicago during the years 1998 to 2001. While playing college soccer, DeMerit was a contributor in the University of Illinois-Chicago making runs during the college tournaments. The University of Illinois-Chicago made it to the top sixteen soccer teams in the NCAA tournament games. While in college, Jay DeMerit was named a NSCAA/adidas All-region back for three years during his college play according to www.uicflames.com.
Despite being a talented college athlete, Jay DeMerit went unnoticed by Major League Soccer in the United States.
Following A Dream
Determined to make it as a professional soccer player, Jay DeMerit packed a small bag and on very little income worked his way up the soccer ranks overseas. Jay DeMerit started his overseas play with Southall. He was playing for Northwood when coaches of England’s Watford noticed his talent. He was signed by Watford which is a professional soccer team in England in 2004. During competition in 2006, Jay DeMerit scored a goal that grabbed the attention of the soccer elite. With his contribution, the Watford Hornets moved up to the English Premiere League according to the website www.uicflames.com. Jay DeMerit played in 210 games as a Watford Hornet and scored nine goals.
What DeMerit Brings to the US Soccer Team
Jay DeMerit has overcome poverty and injuries to remain a top notch soccer player. In 2009, DeMerit started six games and played a career high seven games. Jay DeMerit’s competitive edge and spirit while playing for injured Carlos Bocanegra helped the United States team beat Honduras and Spain.
During the 2008 season, Jay DeMerit’s role as a substitute was impressive during his first play in the World Cup competition.
Jay DeMerit first game in World Cup competition was against Guatemala in 2007. In 2007, Jay DeMerit also played in Gold Cup competition in Venezuala.
A Long Shot
In the last ten years, soccer in the United States has gained more notoriety. High school’s and colleges are starting to feature the sport more which is producing exciting soccer players. Although the United States are definitely one of the underdog teams during World Cup competition, with determined players like Jay DeMerit anything is possible.
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