'I went from living in an attic on 50 a week to marking Wayne Rooney at a World Cup'
Jay DeMerit knows a thing or two about doing things the hard way.
The retired defender will be a familiar name to English football fans, having spent the majority of his professional career with Watford in the Premier League and the Championship. He also made 25 appearances for the United States, one of which came against England in that infamous 1-1 draw at the 2010 World Cup.
But what supporters might not remember is that DeMerit - who began his career in England with spells at non-league outfits Southall and Northwood - was the man charged with keeping Wayne Rooney quiet that night.
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Given the former Manchester United man didn't even come close to finding the back of the net on that fateful evening in Rustenburg, it's fair to say DeMerit executed his task to perfection.
And yet things could have been so different had the 42-year-old star not rolled the dice and taken a chance on moving to England on the advice of a friend, having failed to make the breakthrough in MLS.
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