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Vancouver Whitecaps re-sign captain Jay DeMerit
The Vancouver Whitecaps have re-signed their captain – and their first-ever signing – Jay DeMerit, although terms of his new deal were not disclosed.
DeMerit joined the Caps when the team re-started in 2011, fresh off his four-game appearance with Team USA at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The centre back has played 60 games for the Whitecaps since 2011, scoring one goal.
He played in the MLS All-Star Game in 2012, but only played eight games for Vancouver last season.
"When I came to Vancouver three years ago as the club's first signing, we had a shared vision and commitment to making this club a successful one both on and off the field," DeMerit said on Monday, in a statement released by the Whitecaps. "Our goal has been not only to create a team Whitecaps FC fans can be proud of but to continue to grow the game here in North America.
"Today, I'm happy to say that our commitment to that long-term goal can continue and I'm thrilled to be a part of this team and this organization."
Vancouver's new coach Carl Robinson, on the signing:
"As he has proven over the last three seasons, Jay is an important member of our club... He's a total leader, and he's someone who we had every intention of bringing back.
"His dedication and professionalism were on full display last season when he returned from a serious injury earlier than expected and proved that he could still compete at a high level. The experience, energy, and standards Jay brings to our group is second to none and we're delighted that he has committed to continuing his career with our club."