LA Galaxy sign midfielder Jermaine Jones

Jones, 35, spent the previous three seasons in Major League Soccer with Colorado and New England as he led his teams to the 2014 MLS Cup Final and the 2016 MLS Western Conference Finals, respectively.

The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has signed midfielder Jermaine Jones. Jones, a U.S. Men’s National Team member, joins the Galaxy after spending seasons with the Colorado Rapids and the New England Revolution in MLS and recording an accomplished career in Germany. Jones was acquired through the use of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).

“Jermaine is a winner who has experience in MLS and playing against the highest competition in the world,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Curt Onalfo. “He has a relentless engine on the field and we are confident that he will strengthen our midfield. We look forward to him joining the Galaxy as we prepare for the upcoming season.”

Jones, 35, spent the previous three seasons in Major League Soccer with Colorado and New England as he led his teams to the 2014 MLS Cup Final and the 2016 MLS Western Conference Finals, respectively. Prior to his time in Major League Soccer, Jones has a storied career in the German Bundesliga, where he played for nearly 15 seasons across Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Leverkusen and Schalke 04. The midfielder has also been a stalwart as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, making over 60 appearances since 2010, including featuring in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Jones began his professional career as a member of Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany and went on to make nearly 50 appearances. The veteran then featured for Bayern Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt before making a move to Schalke 04, where he spent seven seasons with the club. During that time, Jones made more than 140 appearances and scored 10 goals. He then spent a brief stint with Beşiktaş in Turkey before moving to MLS in 2014.

Jones joined the New England Revolution in August 2014 and played a crucial role in leading his team to the 2014 MLS Cup, where the Revolution fell 2-1 to the Galaxy at StubHub Center. After joining the Colorado Rapids in 2016, Jones helped Colorado reach the 2016 MLS Western Conference Final series where they fell to the eventual MLS champions Seattle Sounders. In total, he has made 37 appearances (32 starts) while scoring five goals and adding six assists. In matches which Jones appeared in, his teams have gone 21-5-11 during his MLS career.

In addition to his accomplished professional career, Jones became one of the USMNT’s most reliable players since his first appearance in 2010. To date, Jones has made 67 appearances and scored four goals as a USMNT member, including a goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Portugal. In addition to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he represented the U.S. at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011 and 2015 and the Copa America Centenario in 2016, among other competitions.

Jones and the Galaxy will kick off the 2017 Major League Soccer Regular Season on Saturday, March 4 at StubHub Center when they host 2016 MLS Supporters’ Shield winners FC Dallas at 1 p.m. PT live on Univision.

 

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