By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– A National Soccer Star is coming to Salem February 12, to the Corban University’s Psalms Center to be exacted.
That star, is no other than former USA National Team Defensemen Jay DeMerit; who played for the National Team from 2007 to 2011.
The event, hosted by both the Corban Soccer Program and the Capital Timbers, will feature Demerit’s inspirational story of how DeMerit made his own road from Wisconsin to working up the ranks in European soccer and the MLS, to eventually to the US National Team.
For Corban Men’s Head Coach Aaron Lewis, it gives the people in the Salem area, from the young athletes at Capital Timbers on up, an opportunity to listen to DeMerit’s amazing story of success.
“He came from a background where he didn’t play soccer all year around when he was growing up,” started Lewis. “He kind of came from smaller school and not a lot of opportunities as he tries to become a professional. He didn’t let some of those things slow him down or let people tell him that he didn’t have much of a chance to do something to stop him.
“I think that kind of message is positive to our group and e
For Warriors Women’s Head Coach Marty Ziesemer, having DeMerit there and sharing his story will illustrate how hard work really does pay off.
Even if you have to make your own breaks like DeMerit did.
“You have to work at it,” said Ziesemer. “You have to do everything you can to take advantage of it and he’s done that and I think it gives those that come the encouragement to go, ‘Yeah, if I work my tail off, I have a chance to be successful’.
“So it’s not all about soccer, it’s about life and taking the dreams to the next level.”
Having retired in 2014 due to injuries while playing with the Vancouver WhiteCaps FC; DeMerit’s career featured working his way up from the Northwood and Southall Clubs (non-league football clubs) to getting noticed and signed by Watford and eventually played in the 2010 World Cup and played in the MLS following his college days at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Soccer is a global sport, so many young athletes who want the opportunity to do this or play,” said Ziesemer. “To see somebody like him who took advantage of the opportunities, he had to make his own way, but now they want to take advantage of it.
“Jay really transcends soccer, the same belief in hard work and preparation for opportunities can not only can be about soccer, but all sports or in any other area of life,” added Lewis.
Capital Timber will sell tickets for the event through their teams as a fundraiser for their programs, but you can also email Aaron Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org to get tickets to the event and pick them up at Will Call at the day of the event.
Tickets are 12 Dollars, doors open at 6pm with everything starting at 6:30pm at the Psalms Center on the Corban Campus in Salem.
For more information about Jay DeMerit, visit his website at http://jaydemerit.com/ .
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!
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