Newcomers eager to earn playing time with U.S. team

March 24, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jay DeMerit chuckled at the suggestion that he took a roundabout way to making a name for himself in soccer.

The U.S. defender's journey to his first training camp with the men's national team hardly followed a traditional path, which is one of the reasons this month's call up from Europe has been so gratifying.

DeMerit is one of three players with no previous experience with the senior national team who are part of the pool interim coach Bob Bradley will ...

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