Rapids acquire Jermaine Jones from New England

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

A long, contentious contract battle with the New England Revolution is over. Now, Jermaine Jones will call the Colorado Rapids home.

The Rapids acquired Jones from the Revolution in exchange for general allocation money and the Rapids’ first-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Targeted allocation money has also been used on Jones’ contract, meaning he joins Colorado as a non-Designated Player.

“Jermaine’s record for club and country speaks for itself,” said Paul Bravo, Technical Director and VP of Soccer Operations. “He has the ability, versatility, experience and leadership skills to improve our young side. We are excited to have him join us in Colorado.”

Jones, 34, joined the Revolution via a blind draw on August 24th, 2014. A Designated Player with New England, Jones played a pivotal role in the club’s run to the MLS Cup Final in 2014. In total, Jones played in 33 matches for New England, logging 2,397 minutes while scoring three goals and adding six assists.

He is currently serving a six-match suspension stemming from a red-card incident in last year’s MLS Cup playoffs where Jones made physical contact with an official. That will make him ineligible for the U.S. National Team’s qualifier against Guatemala as well.

Overall, Jones is an accomplished player and leader, making 58 appearances for the USMNT, scoring three goals and adding four assists. The German-American played 14 seasons in Germany, featuring for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04. He also played for Blackburn in the Premier League and Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig.

Full Name: Jermaine Jones
Height: 6′
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: November 3, 1981
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Previous Club: New England Revolution