Gold star for DeMerit
I, as you know, try to look out for any Chicago based 'soccer' players. Now, as you will agree I was a great advocate for Jonathan Spector? Ok, moving swiftly on.... congratulations to Watford (1, 2, 3.... give me a Double U) on their fantastic season, which once again gives every fan of smaller clubs hope in a sport dominated by money and fat bellied businessmen at the top level.
I noticed that a tropically named fella called Jay DeMerit (something I've not seen since my Catford Boys school books) was Man of the Match (MVP to my American readers) in the play-off victory over Leeds on Sunday. Jay grew up in freezing cold and grid-iron loving Green Bay
in Wisconsin but went to college at the University of Chicago
and then played for Chicago Fire's reserves
before hopping on a plane with just a few dollars in his pocket to play Sunday football in Hertfordshire before signing for Northwood FC. Watford's scouts soon snappled the defender in 2004 and now he will join them in the Premiership.
After the game DeMerit, send a big hello to his "buddies watching back in Chicago."