Former U.S. Men’s National Team Star Jay DeMerit Coming to Salem, OR

SALEM, Ore. – Former United States Men’s National Team star, Jay DeMerit, will be coming to Corban University to share his motivational story that has inspired many across the nation. DeMerit, who started and played in all four 2010 World Cup matches for the United States, will speak about his incredible journey on Friday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Corban University Psalms Center.


The event will be Co-Hosted by the Corban Soccer programs and Capital Timbers. The doors will open at 6 p.m. prior to the event starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $12 per person.

“At Corban University, we are always looking for ways to make the largest impact possible on our world today,” said Corban University head men’s soccer coach Aaron Lewis. “What I love about Jay’s story is that he has always aimed beyond what people thought was realistic for him, and that mindset has helped him achieve much more than the masses felt was possible.”

DeMerit will begin the evening with an informational and motivational talk with the audience. That will then be followed by the viewing of ‘Rise & Shine: The Jay Demerit Story’. The 90-minute feature film is a documentary of the rise of Demerit from being overlooked in the U.S. to struggling in England, to eventually becoming a standout player at the highest level at the World Cup.


“I believe his story will be motivating for many in our community, and we are so pleased to be partnering with the Capital Timbers to bring him here to Corban,” Lewis said.

DeMerit, who was born in Green Bay, Wisc., in 1979, moved to England in 2003 in search of opportunities to play soccer, and began playing in the ninth tier of English football, but eventually worked his way up to play with Watford in the 2004-05 season. Watford was playing in one league below the English Premier League at the time. Through heroics and championships, DeMerit experienced great success in England, and then eventually got a shot with the United States Men’s National Team in 2007. From there, the rest is history, as after appearing in a World Cup for the United States, he closed out his professional playing career in Major League Soccer with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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