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Awful injury news concerning Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit

Mar 4, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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Vancouver Whitecaps’ captain Jay DeMerit could miss the rest of Major League Soccer’s long season after complete rupture his left Achilles tendon only six minutes into the new campaign.

It happened during Saturday’s opener against Toronto at BC Place as the ‘Caps captained needed assistance in limping off the field.

It’s awful news for all kinds of reasons.

First, he is the emotional heart of the team, a third-year MLS club still trying to find itself under manager Martin Rennie. This is a devastating blow to the back line at BC Place.

Second, it’s hard to see this happen to such a well-liked figure as DeMerit, truly one of the outstanding representatives of Major League Soccer. DeMerit was also played in all four U.S. matches of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Finally, this could be it for DeMerit, now 34. Even for an MLS All-Star just one year ago, for a guy still getting the job done in league play game after game, it will be difficult to manufacture a comeback at 35, as he’ll be last year.

Then again, DeMerit has overcome big obstacles before. Or perhaps you haven’t seen the exceptional documentary about the man’s wildly unlikely career path?

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