Vancouver Whitecaps officially announce DeMerit capture

Vancouver Whitecaps have officially announced the signing of USA international Jay DeMerit.

Vancouver Whitecaps have officially announced the signing of USA international Jay DeMerit.

The MLS expansion franchise have secured the former Watford captain as their first signing ahead of their debut season in North America’s top flight in 2011.

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said it was a very positive move for the club to lure a player of the quality of DeMerit to Vancouver.

“Jay is a quality individual and leader – both on and off the pitch – and is the type of player we are looking to build our team with,” said Lenarduzzi, “He has excelled both at the club and international levels, and we are thrilled that Jay has joined Whitecaps FC as our first Major League Soccer player signing.”

DeMerit first thanked Watford before stating how eager he was about saddling up with the Whitecaps as they enter an exciting era.

“I am very thankful for my experiences with Watford FC and look forward to this new opportunity in Vancouver,” added DeMerit. “Whitecaps FC have a tremendous history and great support in this beautiful city. After spending several seasons in England, I felt it was the right time to return to North America and I have been impressed by the Whitecaps FC organization and the vision they have as a club. I am excited to make Vancouver my new home.”

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