The Jermaine Jones club search has now concluded with the US Men’s National Team player signing with the New England Revolution on Sunday. Jones will occupy one of the club’s Designated Player vacancies and while contract terms were not disclosed, it has been widely reported that New England will pay Jones a $4.5 million combined salary for the remainder of 2014 and 2015, with an option for 2016. Beyond easily being the highest paid player for New England, if that figure is accurate, Jones would be the only player making over $500,000 with the closest player to his earnings being Jose Goncalves at $479,375 guaranteed, and no other player on New England earning over $233,000.
Jones comes off an impressive performance at the 2014 World Cup, where he recorded a goal and an assist in four games for the United States and the Revolution weren’t the only team after Jones with the Chicago Fire also expressing interest. Both teams had the necessary salary budget and Designated Player slot and as a result, Jones was subject to a league implemented “blind draw” between Chicago and New England. Upon notification of the result, Chicago issued a statement:
While we’re deeply disappointed that he will not be a part of the Fire, we respect the system employed by MLS and wish Jermaine well with his new club.”
Menwhile, Jonathan Kraft, Owner/Investor of the New England Revolution, commented on the recent signing stating,
This is a great opportunity for us to add one of the best players in the United States to our club…We thought Jermaine was the best player for the U.S. in the World Cup and we are excited to welcome him to New England. Robert [Kraft] and I have always said that any major DP signing would need to make an impact, on and off the field, and we believe the addition of Jermaine will do just that. He is a dynamic player and is certain to have a tremendous impact on our team and in our community. We look forward to his many contributions.”
Jones joins the Revolution from Turkey’s Süper Lig powerhouse, Beşiktaş, where he saw minimal playing time during his short stint with the club. Prior to his time at Beşiktaş, Jones played primarily in Germany’s Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt (1999-2004; 2005-2007), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2004-2005), and FC Schalke 04 (2007-2014), amassing a total of 19 goals in 232 appearances, which excludes the 25 appearances in the UEFA Champions League with FC Schalke 04, the most by an American player. Jones also had a short loan spell in with English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, where he made 15 appearances.
Jones would later issue a personal statement: “I’m very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution. New England is an exciting team on the rise, and I believe I can come in and help the team make a push toward MLS Cup. Playing with the U.S. national team has given me a great connection with the American fans, and I’m looking forward to playing in front of them every weekend. I’m ready to get started with the Revs.”
The Revolution, who currently sit 6th and just one point off a playoff spot in the eastern conference, will formally present Jones to the media on Tuesday at Gillette Stadium after he trains with his new teammates.