Changes are happening pretty fast in Carson these days. On the same afternoon that the LA Galaxy introduced their new head coach to the local media, the team announced later in a press release that it had acquired the rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the club’s 2017 1st Round MLS SuperDraft pick.
Jones, 35, has made 47 all-time appearances in Major League Soccer. He joined the Colorado Rapids in March 2016 from the New England Revolution in exchange for general allocation money and the Rapids’ first-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He made 13 appearances for the Rapids in all competitions, scoring three goals and tallying three assists for a Rapids side that reached the 2016 Western Conference Championship.
Before signing for the Rapids, Jones joined MLS after he was allocated to the New England Revolution via a blind draw on Aug. 24, 2014. The Designated Player played a vital role in helping the Revolution reach the 2014 MLS Cup with 15 appearances in all competitions, while scoring three goals and adding six assists.
Jones played in 18 matches for New England during their 2015 MLS Regular Season campaign. After two seasons, he ended his tenure with the Revolution with 34 appearances, tallying three goals and adding six assists.
A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Jones spent the first 14 seasons of his club career in Germany with stints at Eintrancht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, and Schalke 04. During his time in Germany, Jones made 27 UEFA Champions League appearances. Jones also made brief stops at English side Blackburn and Turkish club Beskitas.
The rugged defensive midfielder earned three caps for Germany before being granted a change of association by FIFA to become eligible to represent the United States.
Jones made his debut for the Unites States Men’s National Team against Poland in Chicago on October 9, 2010, assisting Jozy Altidore’s goal in the 2-2 draw. Since joining the USMNT, Jones has become a regular for the United States. He has earned 67 caps, scoring four times for the USMNT, including four appearances during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services