BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, March 2, 2010
While the US National team in Amsterdam welcomed back two familiar faces in Oguchi Onyewu and Steve Cherundolo who have both been working their way back from injuries, a not-so-familiar face has also joined the team as they prepare for Holland.

The USSF announced that Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, 28, was invited by head coach Bob Bradley to meet the team and staff in Amsterdam. He will be in attendance on Wednesday night to watch his potential future teammates take on the third ranked Dutch. However, it is still very unclear as to when Jones will be able to resume playing.

Last May, Jones suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg and since then has been unable to return to form after numerous setbacks.

Jones' inability to return to action has been a source of disappointment for US fans because there was a great deal of excitement surrounding Jones last summer when he announced he would use his one-time switch to represent the US instead of his native Germany.

Jones, who was born in Germany and is the son of an American father, has long been considered one of the best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga. In the past, Jones represented Germany at the U21 level and also with the senior national team in friendlies.

Pursuant to a recent FIFA rules change, Jones was allowed to make a one-time switch to the US since he never represented the senior German national team in an official competition. Jones made the switch immediately after the rule change went into effect and will now only be able to play for the US at the international level.

While it is still very questionable as to whether Jones will be healthy enough to play in the World Cup, his presence with the US team in Amsterdam will certainly cause much excitement to US fans who would love to see a player of Jones' caliber take the field for the Stars and Stripes this summer.
Thursday March 4, 2010 7:41 pm
Ro everyone saying Jones is too old at 28, are you crazy?? By your logic most of the Braziliann team is over the hill - Oh wait their no. 2 in the w9rld! NO Jones may not be "Brazilian" good but he has experiance and is a tremendous player. If fit definitely a starter! To me Bradley should be picking between him and Edu. Clark isn't as good as either of them!

And stop picking on Bradley's son. He's earned the right to be where he is. He played well against Holland. He needs to learn to keep his head on tackles at times. That's where Jone's and Edu will be big assets!
Wednesday March 3, 2010 5:43 pm
Thanks for the article. I don't like Jones as much as some of the other players. Plus, isn't he getting a bit old?
C Gipson
Wednesday March 3, 2010 2:02 pm
Same old problem. Junior (MB) is going to start and play 90 minutes every game, and is NOT an attacking center-mid in any sense of the word at the international level (lacks creativity, pace, ability to go at people with the ball, etc). Daddy will cover for his defencies by pairing him with the Mastroeni-Clark-Edu-Jones type, so we'll again play with two defensive center-mids and wonder why we have no attack. MB needs to shore up his defense so we can pair him with a proper attacking center-mid, although when healthy I think Edu/Feilhaber (maybe Edu/Holden)is our best central pairing.
Wednesday March 3, 2010 9:26 am
He plays for Schalke!?! *$%# Schalke! BVB09!!!
Robert Kiernan
Tuesday March 2, 2010 10:38 pm
Well better that at least Jones is included in some way with our team, but he has yet to even play as a substitute for Shalke... so I'm afraid this might be as close as he come to playing for the US this year... it's a real shame because I have seen him play before and he simply is a dominant presence in any midfield he plays in, a real Johan Neeskans type... win the ball and make something happen, which any team can really benefit from.
As far as whom he would likely replace, I'd say it would clearly be Ricardo Clark, because both Torres and Edu are still capable of playing at other positions, Torres on the left side of midfield and Edu as a central defender.

It's a long shot that Jones gets to play this summer, but if we are to carry any player that might not be 100% ... it's this guy, he's a game changer!
Tuesday March 2, 2010 10:18 pm
A great player with alot of emotion, can get in trouble on and off the pitch which is why he was not a regular on the sterile German squad. With the right guidance he is an awesome talent that will only elevate our play.

On the other hand we know how the refs are toward the US during the World Cup. The earlier comparison to Mastroeni reminds me of the sending off against Italy.
Tuesday March 2, 2010 7:13 pm
I recently read about this Jones character but was mistaken and thought he was 20. Finding out that he is 28 does not make me excited. He is just another retread from another country that is going to decide to be a US citizen because he can not make another World Cup Team. Great. What was that gentlemen from years back? David Regis I think. What did he ever really, really contribute. The US is a big enough country where we should be able to produce home grown world class talent that wants to play for the US first and the US only but sadly this is not the case. That Rossi character still angers me. He probably would have been the greatest attacker that the US ever had and he is sitting on the bench for the Italian National Team instead. Sad and disheartening...
Joe from El Paso
Tuesday March 2, 2010 6:22 pm
Why was Freddy Adu not called?!?!? He was written off before he even got a legitimate chance.
Tuesday March 2, 2010 4:08 pm
ive never seen jones play but to me right now our two midfielders should be very doubtful of clark i really dont like him a whole lot and edu is still questionable
Pat Mc
Tuesday March 2, 2010 4:06 pm
I'm thrilled at the possibiltiy he's still in the mix. he's an absolute beast. he's like a Pablo Mastroeni in 02 (intensity/enforcer), except w/ 10 times more talent. I love "hard charger" Jermaine Jones "intensity" players. They can bring out the best in everyone around them. (and admittedly.....occasionally the worst)
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