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The 2010 World Cup will be an important event in the careers of every U.S. national team player, and one player who's future will be riding on his performance in South Africa is Jay DeMerit.
DeMerit has finished out his contract with Watford at the moment and will look to secure a new deal this summer. A strong World Cup performance could secure him a lucrative deal, while a shaky performance could limit his options. One thing is clear. DeMerit's time with English club Watford is over, and based on comments from Watford manager Malky Mackey, you have to wonder if a return to the United States is a possibility.
"Jay is out of contract and financially we are not in a position to offer him a new contract and he has the World Cup (with USA)," said Watford manager Malky Mackey. "Jay also has an awful lot of other things in his life outside football that he is going to think about and even what country he is going to be in next year.
"I don't even think Jay knows what is going to happen after the World Cup yet but he goes with my best wishes."
Might a move to MLS be in the cards for DeMerit, or will he be able to put together another strong tournament like he did in last summer's Confederations Cup and score a new European deal in the process?
The 30-year-old Wisconsin native is expected to play a key role for the United States at the World Cup, and could be a starter if either Oguchi Onyewu doesn't fully recover from knee surgery or Carlos Bocanegra is deployed as a left back. DeMerit has played very well for the national team in all his recent call-ups and would be an attractive target for clubs looking to sign a defender on a free transfer.
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