New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones suffered a groin injury Sunday during his team's MLS match against the Los Angeles Galaxy that will force him to sit out several friendlies with the USMNT, and his status for the upcoming Gold Cup is unclear.
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Jones' Status Unclear Ahead of Gold Cup
Thursday, June 4
The veteran midfielder wasn't in coach Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, and Klinsmann told reporters it's unclear at this point whether the star midfielder will recover in time for the Gold Cup, per Fox Soccer's Kyle McCarthy:
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#USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Jermaine Jones' status for the Gold Cup: "We'll know that in the next couple of days."6/4/2015, 4:02:49 PM
The 33-year-old joined New England in 2014 after a lengthy spell in Europe, where he gained valuable experience that was on full display during the 2014 World Cup. He adds a dash of physicality to the USA's midfield, and he combines exceptionally well with Revolution team-mate Lee Nguyen.
His physical playing style leaves him vulnerable to injuries, but the knock he suffered against the Galaxy may just be the one he regrets the most. Jones was born in Germany and will now miss the opportunity to return to his land of birth and defend the colours of the Stars and Stripes.
The 2015 Gold Cup kicks off in July, so Jones still has plenty of time to recover. If he cannot, more pressure will fall on the shoulders of Kyle Beckerman, who will have to focus more on breaking up attacks instead of distributing the ball. That task will fall almost exclusively to Michael Bradley.