A hard-nosed, solid central defender, DeMerit is as fearless as he is committed. He proved his chops in the 2009 Confederations Cup when he was called into starting duty, more than capably pairing with Oguchi Onyewu to form the backbone of the U.S. defense that reached the final. That success carried over to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he was one of five players to play every minute. One of American soccer’s great Cinderella stories, DeMerit went from completely off the radar to starting for a team in the Premier League in just a few short years. Moving to Europe on the advice of a friend, DeMerit gained a tryout with semi-pro side Northwood before impressing Watford and then-manager Ray Lewington in a friendly. Rising through the ranks, DeMerit was soon in the starting lineup, and just as quickly became an integral part of the Hornet’s charge to the Premier League in 2006. After four seasons, he joined MLS as part of the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps.
- Started and played every minute at centerback for the U.S. at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
- His fearless performance epitomized the team effort that led to the 2-0 victory against No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup
- When he made his MNT debut against Guatemala in March of 2007, it was the first time that he had taken part in or even been included in the player pool for a national team game at any level
- Spent six years at Watford, after initially joining the club on only a two week trial in 2004, rising through the ranks to become team captain
- Scored one of the most memorable goals in recent memory for Watford fans when he headed home the winner in the playoff finals against Leeds United in 2006 that gained the team promotion to the English Premier League
Date of Birth
Dec 4, 1979
Green Bay, Wis.