Whitecaps make DeMerit their first MLS signing

The Vancouver Whitecaps have made United States defender Jay

DeMerit their first Major League Soccer signing.

The Whitecaps, who join MLS next season, announced the move at a

news conference Thursday. DeMerit’s contract with English club

Watford FC expired before the World Cup.

The 30-year-old from Wisconsin started all four games for the

U.S. at the World Cup.

DeMerit has made 23 appearances for the United States.