August 30, 2015
GETTING A RE-CALL
Revs Jermaine Jones named to U.S. team
CHICAGO---New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones was called in to the U.S. National Team for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil.
Jones, who was one of 23 players called into the squad by United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, traveled to Washington D.C. earlier today after playing 62 minutes in the Revsí 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday night.
Jones will miss the Revsí Sept. 5 home game against Orlando City SC but is scheduled to return to the club ahead of the Sept. 13 road game against Toronto FC.
The U.S. faces Peru, which finished third in Copa America this summer, on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network) and four days later meets five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).
"The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now," said Klinsmann. "Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10. Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl."
A total of 15 players from the group were a part of the team that represented the United States this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and 12 join from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The roster is loaded with experience, boasting an average of nearly 27 caps. Three players have 50 or more appearances, while only five have 10 caps or less.
Matt Besler and Jones could see action for the first time since February and fellow 2014 World Cup teammates Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard are back in the mix for the first time in 2015. Meantime, SV Sandhausen forward Andrew Wooten will make his first appearance in an MNT camp, the 25-year-old having scored five goals in the first five games this season.
Jones, who last appeared for the National Team in February, has three goals and four assists in 50 appearances for the U.S. since making his debut in 2010. He has missed the last 12 games that the U.S. has played, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup, as a result of two separate surgeries to repair sports hernias this year. One of three players in the current 23-man squad to have appeared in all four games that the U.S. played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jones has collected four caps since joining the Revs in Aug. 2014, playing in a pair of friendlies last year and two more at the beginning of this year, starting in central defense each time.
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley and Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey will be added to the U.S. roster for the match against Brazil, and goalkeeper William Yarbrough will return to his club and be replaced by Chicago Fire 'keeper Sean Johnson. Any additional changes will be determined following the game against Peru.
U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)