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Whitecaps captain DeMerit retires

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Former U.S. national team player Jay DeMerit has retired from soccer.

DeMerit, the first player signed by the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010 and the Major League Soccer team's first captain, officially announced his retirement Thursday.

"When it makes sense, when it's right, it's not sad," DeMerit said. "It's not something I am going to regret. It's something I am very proud of."

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