BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, July 18, 2010
With German Bundesliga teams currently ramping up in preseason, Schalke's American midfielder Jermaine Jones has made his long awaited return to competitive action over the weekend.

Jones, 28, has not played since May 2009 when he suffered a fracture in his leg. While he was injured he filed with FIFA for a one-time switch from Germany, whom he represented at the youth level, to the US.

Jones' injury has prevented him from playing with the US national team to date but he could be part of the team for the 2014 cycle.

Jones on Sunday played 45 minutes for Schalke in their 1-0 win over Jagiellonia Białystok of Poland. He also played a half on Friday for Schalke when they defeated a local amateur team 6-0.

Jones suffered numerous setbacks on his road to recovery. On May 25, German publication Kicker reported that Jones traveled to Los Angeles to have a pin placed in his shin by US national team doctor Bert Mandelbaum.

Since then, Jones' recovery has improved without incident and he hopes to be in action for Schalke's Bundesliga opening game on August 21 when they take on Hamburger SV.
Sunday August 1, 2010 3:33 pm
I dump Bunker Bob now and give the job to Jurgen Klinnsman if he'd take the job. Agree with the post above about droping MLS quota... We also have to set an age limit and rebuild the defense and begin to build a front line. I like some of the under 20 strikers and they are scoring... The US are strong in the mid field - so deep in fact that I believe Bradley's main mistake in the WC was not using Donovan and Dempsey up front with Edu and Holden filling in the mids. I also like Torres and hope that he matures in Mexico to be the creative flair we are missing in C-mid. With Charlie Davis playing competitively again let's hope he gets back to his old ways and develops into the player is can potentially be.
Thursday July 29, 2010 2:54 am
Well we certainly need to re-evaluate just who we are playing and just how we intend to play... think about it, with Cherundolo, Bocanegra and DeMerit all over 30 now, we truly HAVE to start looking for other options in the back... Eric Lichaj, Frank Simek, Zac Whitbread, Edgar Castillo ...
Add to this players like Alejandro Bedoya, Stuart Holden, Paco Torres, Benny Feilhaber, Maurice Edu
Sooner or later, hopefully sooner...we'll see Yura Movsisyan in a US Jersey, Charlie Davies might actually be healthy again and maybe, just maybe Clint Dempsey actually plays near enough to our opponents goal to be the dangerous player that he sometimes can be... BUT NOT IF BUNKER BOB IS DOING THE SELECTING...
Instead we'll continue to play large physical types and...possession be damned... Beasley has no team, but I bet I'll see him playing against Brazil...why doesn't this fact make more people ANGRY!???
Oh well, after decades of following the Nats... I know we are deeper than before...but to watch this balding stubborn inarticulate "book" coach be given a passing grade after this World Cup... well it's simply exasperating and must be seen as one of the main reasons we're not routinely making it to the Quarter Final as our World Ranking would indicate we should be ably to do... hey until we have a new coaching staff...we really won't begin to truly rebuild...even though we absolutely must.
Thursday July 22, 2010 9:49 am
paddymac, that wasn't a 'bit' of sarcasm. There was so much sarcasm there I don't know how anyone could say it was trolling. Got some yucks out of me. lol
Pat Mc
Wednesday July 21, 2010 4:34 pm
I wasn't trolling, just making a point with some sarcasm.

Believe me, nothing would have made me happier had Jermaine Jones been fit for the WC. The DM position (and BB's handling of it) was an unmitigated disaster.
Wednesday July 21, 2010 9:21 am
Wow, I was so close to being suckered in to a fight with the trolls in this comments section.

Good luck with the comeback, JJ. Looking forward to seeing you play.
Tuesday July 20, 2010 3:57 pm
I agree with paddymac, it's really the intangibles of Robbie Findley that are the driving force behind the closed door, under the radar, soon to be massive signing of the American virtuoso.

Citing his calm demeanor around the net, his unwavering need to slip balls when free in the opposition's 18, and of course his first touch Findley is receiving unabashed affections from Englands top flight. Undisclosed reports hint at a 45 million pound transfer fee with weekly wages hovering above the 275,000 pound per week mark. The MLS will be financially stable for the whole of 2011 and 2012...
Monday July 19, 2010 7:08 pm
Yeah...I will always remember all the freebie complimentary games that Bradley gave them, only to be cut at the last minute. Way to go!
Pat Mc
Monday July 19, 2010 4:55 pm
glad he's back, but it's not like he would have gotten any playing time with a world class and well-rounded defensive midfielder like Rico Clark back there. Jones maybe could have come off the bench when we needed someone slow and clumsy and lacking intensity in the closing minutes, but Clark needed to be out there when we required an elegant, confident touch on the ball and precision passing. It was a tragedy Clark didn't get more minutes; so too, with Robbie Findley. Forget the world class speed, what we really needed was his confident touch and clinical finishing when the game was on the line. If Findley played the full 90, he could have won the Golden Boot (just like he did in the MLS last season). Rico would have had a few assists, too. Oh and learn. I just hope Jermaine Jones doesn't take away valluable minutes from Bradley's go to guys like Clark and Findley.

God forbid someone like Jurgen Klinnsman gets the job. We'd probably have to suffer through watching worthless players who slow the game down and try to posses the ball...... like J. Jones, Paco Torres, and Benny Fieldhaber. It would suck if someone like Charlie Davies or Bedoya took playing time away from Robbie Findley and Freddy Adu as well. Also, bring back Eddie Johnson and Josh Wolfe!!!!!! we need someone who can finish at striker!!!!!!!!
Monday July 19, 2010 4:02 pm
My comment on that is if Casey, Ching, Klestian were part of the WC Team.....There wouldn't be any Glory to celebrate! Think about it!
Charlie G.
Monday July 19, 2010 9:56 am
Glad to see him back playing - hope to see him in August in a US uniform against Brazil !

Am sorry that he missed this WC cycle due to injury. At 32, who knows - perhaps he may drop back to a central defender role. Nonetheless, he may prove important through qualifications if not the finals.

On that note, we seem to forget those USMNT members who served "in the trenches" (Casey, Ching, Klesjan, etc, etc.) to help us qualify, but don't get to share in the glory of the finals experience.

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