VANCOUVER, BC - When Jay DeMerit injured his ankle during a match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Philadelphia Union at the beginning of June, most fans knew it didn't look good, but they still expected Jay to make a quick recovery.
Fast forward several weeks and the latest news, if you were a DeMerit fan anyways, wasn't good. The ankle injury he sustained that evening at PPL Park was the second ruptured tendon in the same ankle he injured during the home opener against Toronto FC in 2013. That time, Jay recovered much sooner than many expected. This time, however, it's not to be.
In an open letter posted on the Whitecaps' official website this morning, DeMerit speaks about how this latest injury "is too much to come back from" and that even if he recovered, he could no longer play at the level he wants to and he does not want to "risk the reputation he has spent many years trying to create."
The oft-injured defender was the Whitecaps' first MLS signing, and his retirement certainly marks the end of an era. Wherever Jay has played, he has won over the hearts and minds of the fans with his never-say-die attitude which, among other things, helped him make his big break into professional football and battle back from a potentially career-ending injury in 2013. One thing we know for certain is that whatever Jay does now, we know he'll succeed and we'll definitely miss his presence and fighting spirit on the pitch.
Despite his retirement as a player, DeMerit will remain with the Whitecaps as an ambassador for the club.
On behalf of everyone here at Eighty Six Forever I would like to thank Jay for "Giving His All" to our club and wish him the very best for the future.
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Special thanks to Paul Albi, Jr. for permission to post this really sweet DeMerit highlight reel!
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