Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit announced his retirement from professional soccer, saying his most recent injury prevents him from continuing his career.
The Green Bay, WI native was the clubs first signing back in 2010 when they officially joined the MLS. He was immediately given the captaincy.
In the team’s first season, DeMerit played in 21 games, with 20 starts.
He started 31 of 34 games in 2012. His lone goal in the league came in a 1-0 win over Chivas USA. It was Vancouver’s first ever road win in MLS. That squad made the playoffs and set a MLS team record by going 427 minutes without conceding a goal to start the season.
However, injuries would begin to take their toll on the former United States international, as he would appear in just 19 games during the past two seasons due to Achilles injuries.
Before signing with the Whitecaps, DeMerit played six seasons with Watford FC in England. He was the hero in 2006 when he scored the winning goal for Watford to secure the clubs’ entry into the English Premier league.
He had 25 caps for his country and started four games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa for the USA.
DeMerit will remain with the club as club ambassador.
DeMerit married Vancouver native and Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor in August of 2013 at Whistler.
Click here to read Demerit’s open letter
-with files by McKenzie Dalgleish