Jay DeMerit is an American dream come true in English football.
His story is an incredible one. From a very young age, he worked incredibly hard to overcome a lack of opportunities in America and fierce competition in England to make it to the top. Today he is the captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps and a defensive cornerstone for the US Men's National Team.
Previously only bits and pieces of his story were ever told, but for the first time Jay's incredible story is being told in its entirety. And, it's all been made possible by grassroots funding from fans and supporters.
The class guys at Sounder at Heart and Gorilla FC will be hosting a showing of Rise and Shine - The Jay DeMerit Story this Wednesday at the George and Dragon Pub, where they will also be watching the MLS All-Star game beforehand.
If you are interested at all, I highly recommend going even if you didn't contribute to the funding of the release. It will be a great chance to meet some of your fellow Sounders and USMNT fans and bloggers, and it promises to be a great showing. I've always admired Jay for his tenacity and attitude on the field, and he is a great guy who's inspired me to follow my dreams.
RSVP on the Facebook event page, and bring a friend!