The Vancouver Whitecaps captain will face Chelsea on July 25 at PPL Park as part of the MLS All-Star squad. The defender has been in fine form, helping his club keep nine shutouts.
Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit has been named to the fans First XI for the 2012 MLS All-Star match against European champion Chelsea on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
While the league describes the selection as a “First XI,” the head coach for this match, D.C. United boss Ben Olsen, will have the final say over team selection.
DeMerit has helped the high-flying Whitecaps to a league-leading nine shutouts this season, and the team currently sits tied in third place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 8-4-6.
The skipper has figured in all but one match this season, and is 141 minutes away from equaling his total time played in 2011, in what was a campaign largely ruined by recurring groin and adductor injuries.
In addition to the fans first XI, MLS commissioner Don Garber will select two players for the 32-man squad, and the remaining players will be selected via player voting.
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