The United States had the pleasure of fielding one of their toughest players in the center back position, Jay DeMerit, in the 2010 World Cup. At that stage, he was an absolute rock for them as he showed no fear against some of the world’s best.
Now, he no longer appears for the USA but is a lock for Major League Soccer‘s Vancouver Whitecaps. This is a team that has grown tremendously since their introduction when it comes to every aspect of the game: defending, maintaining possession and attacking. However, they still have to make a name for themselves when it comes to the postseason.
By extending the contract of the 34-year-old DeMerit they are guaranteeing themselves one of the best starting center-backs that the league and nation has ever seen. With his age comes valuable experience which will undoubtedly improve the abilities and mindsets of the younger guys around him. He is a clear choice to be their captain.
One issue that the team has is letting go of their top scoring striker, Camilo Sanvezzo to Mexican side Queretaro. The reason for this was funding and the fact that the 25-year-old was ready for a tougher challenge. With that said, the team needs to bring in a replacement as DeMerit can only do his best to make sure the team has a solid defense. When it comes to attacking, he can’t do much except send up long balls or head home from set pieces.
The team will look to the leadership of DeMerit and other veterans to lead this team to new heights. If everything goes according to plan (everyone staying healthy and making a minimal amount of errors), the Canadian outfit will dazzle this league with ease.