The Jermaine Jones saga has finally come to an end, and the US midfielder has signed a contract with Major League Soccer and will be joining the New England Revolution as a designated player for 1.5 years at about $5 million.
The puzzling part in all of this: Jones landed with New England by way of a blind draw held by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. According to ESPN’s Alexi Lalas, who first broke the news during half-time of the Portland-Seattle game on ESPN2, two teams, the Revs and Chicago Fire, were put into an envelope and Garber picked one card at random.
New England came up, and now he’ll be joining them for the playoff push.
“I’m very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution,” Jones said in a statement. “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.”
Jones has not played professionally since the US Men’s National Team was eliminated from the World Cup in the Round of 16 by Belgium back in July, so you can imagine that he’s probably not 100 percent match fit right now, and that long layoff hasn’t helped him at all.
A Chicago, Illinois native, Jones would have beena great addition to the Fire, who have been chase him fro almost a couple of months now. And with him now off of the table, he could have been he difference between the Fire making the MLS Cup playoffs, or staying home this winter.