DAVID SMITH - Friday, June 12, 2009
Schalke 04 defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones has recently informed the German FA of his intentions to represent the US National team in the future.
"I understand from Jermaine Jones' representatives, and now from public statements by the DFB, of his intention to apply for a change of status under FIFA's recently revised regulations," USSF president Sunil Gulati told YA.
The ruling, which was passed by FIFA at the beginning of June, will not come into effect until early-August, however it is unclear when Jones will be eligible to don the stars & stripes.
"Once that process is completed, he'll be eligible for selection to the U.S. National Team," Gulati confirmed.
The announcement comes barely one week after a FIFA ruling paved the way for former youth internationals such as Jones who have not played in official senior team games to switch allegiances after their 21st birthday.
The ruling is expected to affect a number of players throughout the world, however the apparent capture of Jones by the red, white & blue represents a major coup as he is currently the starting defensive midfielder for perennial Bundesliga powerhouse Schalke 04 and had been thrice capped by the German national team in a trio of 2008 friendly matches.
This also comes as welcome news to a US team which has suffered the loss of several high-profile dual-nationality prospects in recent years, with Edgar Castillo turning out for hated rival Mexico, Neven Subotic representing Serbia and Giuseppe Rossi a probable starter for Italy in Monday's Confederations Cup showdown.