Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story is the true story of a young American's impossible journey. After college, Jay's dream of playing pro soccer in Europe seemed unreachable. 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, $1800 and a backpack full of dreams. The film documents Jay's journey from the bottom - playing in Sunday park leagues and lower level division London clubs earning 40 pounds a week - to playing in the English Premier League - to starting in the world's greatest sports stage - the 2010 World Cup. The Jay DeMerit Story is a story of perseverance, hard work and a relentless belief in a dream...it is a story that needs to be told.
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Carlos Bocanegra....Rangers FC / USMNT Player
Aidy Boothroyd....Watford FC Coach
Bob Bradley....USMNT Coach
The DeMerit Family
Landon Donovan....LA Galaxy / USMNT Player
Stuart Holden....Bolton FC / USMNT Player
Tim Howard....Everton FC / USMNT Player
Keiron Keane....Jay's Friend
Ray Lewington....Watford FC / Fullham FC coach
Wayne Rooney....Manchester United FC / England National Team Player
Fernando Torres....Chelsea FC / USMNT Player
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.