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Whitecaps captain the butt of joke 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit battles for the ball with Portland’s Bright Dike Sunday at BC Place. A FC Dallas loss meant Vancouver is headed to the MLS playoffs. (Getty)

Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit battles for the ball with Portland’s Bright Dike Sunday at BC Place. A FC Dallas loss meant Vancouver is headed to the MLS playoffs. (Getty)

"Through humour, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers."

Comedian Bill Cosby once said that.

So to see Tuesday both Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit and goalkeeper David Ousted finding the humorous side of the lone goal they conceded in Sunday's match was rather refreshing.

Granted, being scored against in the second game of the MLS regular season is far from the worst of blows in life, but being able to laugh about it at their own expense is important — especially with such a long season ahead, and the stress and potential negativity that can come with it.

DeMerit started it on Monday when he tweeted, "On a lighter note, my ass scored its first goal of the season" — referring to Erick Torres' marker for Chivas USA in the 45th minute of their 1-1 draw. His shot went off the 'Caps captain's backside and past an outstretched Ousted.

"Those things you can't really control so you have to be lighthearted about it," DeMerit said. "You can't be hard on yourself.

"I was trying to stay with my runner and didn't even see the ball coming until it had already hit me and gone in. Those things sometimes happen and you just deal with them."

Ousted used the goal as an opportunity to poke fun at DeMerit's weight.

"He's getting a lot thinner so if he would have been a little bit bigger down there, it wouldn't have gone in," he said. "Sometimes you're unlucky it goes in that way, you just shrug it off.

"I might take him out for cake later, we'll see."

 

 

 

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