The MLS is set to welcome yet another Team USA standout. Thanks to a blind draw conducted by the league, the New England Revolution have signed midfielder Jermaine Jones.
The team's official Twitter feed confirmed the news:
Jones, who previously played for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 before a short-lived stint with Besiktas in Turkey, discussed the move, via press release on the Revolution's website:
I’m very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution. New England is an exciting team on the rise, and I believe I can come in and help the team make a push toward MLS Cup. Playing with the U.S. National Team has given me a great connection with the American fans and I’m looking forward to playing in front of them every weekend. I’m ready to get started with the Revs.
ESPN's Jeff Carlisle added some intriguing details about the transfer:
The Revs and Chicago Fire both had the available funds and an open designated player spot for Jones, which led to a blind draw between the two clubs. It seems like a highly questionable process to decide the 32-year-old's future, but New England will take it.
Jones was born in Germany and represented Die Mannschaft at both the under-21 and national-team levels, but he was still eligible to join the United States and made his debut for the Red, White and Blue in 2010. Although he struggled with inconsistency at times, the defensive midfielder turned into a star in Brazil.
Serving as a box-to-box midfielder, he displayed a high work rate, made tackles all over the field and fired home one of the best goals of the World Cup against Portugal:
MLSSoccer.com's Matthew Doyle talked about what he would bring to New England:
Jones is not a No. 6, even if he tackles like one. He's going to roam all over the field chasing the ball, acting as a No. 8, and that means the Revs are going to have that physical presence they've been missing - someone whose first job is making the opponent struggle playing through the most profitable parts of the field.
The Revs, who currently sit one point behind the New York Red Bulls for fifth place in the East, are now a very strong bet to make the playoffs.
As for MLS in general, this is yet another win for the burgeoning league, which continues to bring in talented players capable of captivating a growing audience.
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