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Soccer star Jay DeMerit coming to Nelson

Former Vancouver Whitecaps and US captain Jay DeMerit will be in Nelson this month to attend the Nelson soccer skills camp. - web photo
Former Vancouver Whitecaps and US captain Jay DeMerit will be in Nelson this month to attend the Nelson soccer skills camp.
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Former Whitecaps and US captain Jay DeMerit will be joining the Nelson Skills Camp for one day for a question and answer session with the players attending the course.

“We are really excited about it,” said Brett Adams, regional head coach of the Whitecaps’ Kootenay Academy Centre.

“To bring out somebody like Jay, I mean it is unbelievable.”

Adams said it is a great achievement for Nelson Youth Soccer to attract an international star like DeMerit.

“ It is a Whitecaps camp that we’re running, but obviously Nelson Youth Soccer are backing us and wanting us to bring guests like this.”

Adams expects local players will be thrilled with the opportunity to meet DeMerit.

“For somebody of this magnitude and this experience, going to a World Cup in 2010, it’s just unbelievable. These kids are going to be inspired.”

DeMerit has made 71 MLS appearances for Vancouver, 69 of them starts.

An inspiring character who rose from obscurity to earn a contract – and eventually, a starring role in the English Premier League – with Watford FC, DeMerit spent time with the Chicago Fire’s PDL team before trying his hand in England. There, he worked his way up the ranks from lower-tier amateur leagues to the glitz and glamor of the EPL.

His remarkable journey was made into a documentary film called Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.

DeMerit was a key member of the US national team from 2007-10. He anchored the back line during their memorable runs in the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

DeMerit has now retired from playing professional soccer.

Players on the course will get to ask DeMerit questions about his career.

“It’s not every day you get to meet someone that has played against Lional Messi,” said Adams.

The Nelson Skills Camp takes place August 12-14 at Lakeside Park. For information visitwhitecapsfc.com.

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