There’s a little tradition around these parts that takes place before the start of any major USMNT tournament. It entails watching “Rise & Shine: The Jay Demerit Story – The Fight For A Dream”. Quick synopsis: Jay Demerit went to England on a whim after college to attempt a professional soccer career, kicked the ball against some walls, played in a few beer leagues, boom fast forward he’s starting all the games in the USMNT 2010 World Cup. The odds of that were probably 5000-1.

There is literally no video footage of the league where he started playing in England. What we do have though is this picture taken in The Shire:

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And here he is heading in the goal that took Watford into the Premier League in 2006:

 

Inspiration: check