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Jay DeMerit wants to remain a Vancouver Whitecap for good; why that’s great news around BC Place

Nov 4, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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Given the ridiculous, and ridiculously distracting, situation with Richie Incognito and the NFL’s suddenly reeling Miami Dolphins – a towering inferno of comeuppance that is absolutely dominating social media today, don’t you know – it seems like a splendid time to remind everyone the merits of a great locker room.

Locker room chemistry is the perennially underrated element of sports. Show me a team willing to work hard for one another – check that … actually scared to death of ever letting down teammates – and I will show you a team that will be habitually competitive at very least, and one that will probably win more than it loses.

At some point, talent takes over. But locker room accord can elevate a team of “good-not-great” talent into one that is potentially championship material, the Houston Dynamo of the last two years is a brilliant example.

Now let’s circle back on a story that says Jay DeMerit wants to finish his career in Vancouver.

There may be MLS men who don’t respect Jay DeMerit – but I have yet to meet any of them. Even having missed almost an entire season due to that Achilles tendon tear back in March (the ‘Caps’ captain did play a few minutes at either end of the just-complete MLS campaign), there is no reason to believe DeMerit, 33, cannot get the job done on the field.

Assuming he can, the Whitecaps, about to land on their fourth manager after just three MLS seasons, need the stability and leadership he offers. (Not to mention his experience on the field; don’t forget, he was a World Cup starter just three years ago.)

DeMerit’s contract is up. He says he wants to sign up again, assuming management wants him. Word to “management:” You guys want him.

  1. midtec2005 - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Shoot he’s probably still the best U.S. defender… I’m not sure I’d be willing to take a chance and find out this late in the process though.

    • bear06 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      No, he’s not. There are 6 CB’s I would rather have than an old, slow and way over his prime Jay Demerit. You have to move on just like some of the people who wanted Bocanegra to stay with the national team had to move on.

      • braxtonrob - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:47 AM

        @bear, You’re wrong.

      • bear06 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        No, it’s the truth so you’re wrong. There is a reason why he hasn’t been back with the U.S. MNT since 2011.

  2. nobandwagoners - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Jay DeMerit (along with Andy O’Brien) is a rock on the backline and really settles things down when he’s there. He’s still very effective as a defender. He’s also a great ambassador for the Caps around town and in the local media. The Caps would be foolish not to bring him back.

    But, of course, it will ultimately come down to the dollars and what the Caps will be willing to pay and DeMerit accept – likely the Caps will look to reduce his salary from last season’s $300,000.

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