December 04, 1979,
Green Bay, Wisconsin
August 1st 2004
Plucked out of non-league football, De Merit caught the eye of then manager Ray Lewington in 2004 in a pre-season match against Northwood, earning a trial and subsequently a professional contract with the Hornets.
A brave and wholehearted defender, the American fulfilled his unlikely dream of playing in the English Premier League with Watford, playing a vital role in the club’s promotion from the Championship in 2006.
A storming back-post header, that epitomised his determination as a player, helped set the Hornets on their way to a 3-0 triumph over Leeds United as the Golden Boys were promoted to the top tier of English football.
He later became club captain and went on to feature in the 2010 World Cup for the USA.