And finally a destination for the tenacious USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones.
After a whirlwind of summer transfer rumors and an incredible campaign with the Yanks in this year’s FIFA World Cup, the German born player is headed to the MLS side New England Revolution. Jermaine Jones has signed with MLS as a designated player and per league and club agreements the transfer information is disclosed. His destination was decided between a blind draw between the Chicago Fire and the Revolution.
The news was first announced by Alexi Lalas at the half of the Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers game on ESPN2.
It comes as no surprise that the ex-Schalke man was such a hot commodity post World Cup. Like many players, the World Cup really allows underrated or unknown talent to shine on the great stage. Jermaine Jones did just this by doing everything to help himself reach the attention of many. Its true in the case of the MLS as many clubs which showed interest for the tattooed midfielder. One of which was Chicago Fire who he turned down.
Jermaine Jones scored a decisive header against Portugal in what most would call the “group of death” and allowed the world to take a serious look at the talent that Turkey was getting, but not North America. According to Revs’ owner Jonathan Kraft, “We thought Jermaine was the best player for the U.S. in the World Cup” [via revolutionsoccer.net]
Jones had this to say about his anticipated transfer:
“I’m very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution,” Jones said. “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.” [via revolutionsoccer.net]
Jermaine Jones will be presented on Tuesday, August 26th at 2pm.
Should be another exciting year in the MLS with more opportunities for designated players and the league gaining more and more recognition.