“Rise & Shine: The Jay Demerit Story” is the true story of a young American’s impossible dream and journey of playing professional soccer in Europe. Sleeping in an attic, painting houses and eating beans and toast to survive, Jay took the most unlikely route to the top. After not making the professional leagues in the U.S., Jay left for Europe at the age of 21 without any professional experience – only a passport, $1500 and a backpack full of dreams. The film documents Jay’s journey from the bottom – playing in Sunday park leagues and lower division London clubs to the 2010 World Cup. The Jay DeMerit Story is a story of perseverance, hard work and relentless belief in a dream.
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