Archive for May 25th, 2011

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Fans needed to help Jay DeMerit documentary get to the screen

Jay DeMerit

When Jay DeMerit was introduced as one of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ marquee signings, the flashbulbs went off and the cameras were in his face. Many column inches were dedicated to the arrival of an American national-teamer to Canada’s newest MLS city.

But, a decade ago, you wouldn’t have like the chances of DeMerit even getting a sniff in Division-2 soccer. He was an unheralded player coming out of college with no pro prospects.

Armed with nothing but a few bucks and a heck of a lot of guts, he went across the Atlantic to try and make a name for himself. That journey is at the centre of Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story, a documentary by Nick Lewis and Ranko Tutulugdzija. The latter was a former teammate of DeMerit’s at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The film is complete, but it can’t be shown. (Even though you can check out the trailer, below). The filmmakers need to raise approximately US$215,000 in order to secure the rights to game footage, music and promotions.
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Coup at CONCACAF? Blazer tags Warner, Bin Hammam with bribery allegations

Less than a month away from the Gold Cup, it looks as if a civil war is brewing within CONCACAF.

FIFA has summoned CONCACAF head Jack Warner and FIFA presidential hopeful Mohamed Bin Hammam to answer to bribery allegations. They will appear in Zurich on Sunday.

Allegations dealing with misconduct in CONCACAF or even FIFA aren’t new. It’s like a broken record. But what’s fascinating this time around is the identity of the whistleblower.

The report came from Warner’s No. 2, CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer. That was confirmed by FIFA on Wednesday.
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