Jermaine Jones Joins New England Revolution
The Jermaine Jones saga is finally over.
After weeks of speculation, rumors and near-done deals, the 32-year-old German-American will come to Major League Soccer and join the New England Revolution. While terms of the deal were not released per league rules, it is known that Jones will be a Designated Player for the Revs.
The Revolution beat out a very interested Chicago Fire team on a blind draw from the league. Jones was not subject to the Allocation Ranking which would have given the Columbus Crew a first go at the midfielder. There were several times in which it was believed the a deal with the fire was iminent but Jones publicly denied the reports via Twitter.
The rumours that I signed with mls are not right!!!— Jermaine Jones (@Jermainejunior) August 21, 2014
In a press release on the Revolution website, Jones said that he is "very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution," and that he "is looking forward to play in front of the [New England supporters] every weekend."
Jones had a stellar World Cup with the U.S. Men's National Team in Brazil, being one of only three field players to play every minute of the four matches. His wonder goal against Portugal made him a standout and vindicated head coach Jürgen Klinsmann's controversial decision to place him on the roster.
Known to some as a 'walking yellow card', Jones' tenacity on the field has given him a successful career in the German Bundesliga, having played for Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04. When his contract with Turkish club Besiktas expired in June, many speculated he would join some of his teammates in MLS.
The New England Revolution currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, only one point behind the New York Red Bulls for the fifth and final playoff spot. Jones is sure to bring veteran leadership and a spark to the New England midfield that can propel them to a deep run in the playoffs.
Jones is set to make his first public appearance with the club at a press conference in Gillette Stadium on Tuesday.