January 13, 2012
Klinsmann brings Jones into MNT camp
CHICAGO--In the ďevery cloud has a silver liningĒ department, midfielder Jermaine Jones will spend the time he is suspended from German club Schalke in training with the U.S. National Team, and will be available for the teamís upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Panama.
|Jermaine Jones has been called into camp with the Menís National Team, and will be available for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Panama.
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Jones will join coach Jurgen Klinsmannís squad on Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Home Depot Center.
Jones was suspended by the German federation for eight weeks after it was ruled that he intentionally stepped on Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Marco Reusís injured foot early in a DFB Cup match in December. He will not be eligible to return to club action until March 1, but the suspension does not carry over to international play.
"Obviously this is a very difficult moment for Jermaine. He regrets the incident and has apologized to the player, his coaches and his teammates. He respects the decision of the German Federation and accepts the punishment," said U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "While an unfortunate situation, it provides me the opportunity to call him in and continue to get him integrated with our system as we prepare the team for qualifying this summer. I have spoken with the coach at Schalke and Jermaine, and we all agree this is what's best."
Jones appeared in a career-high 12 matches for the U.S. in 2011 and scored his first international goal, tallying the game-winner in the 2-0 win against Jamaica in the quarterfinal of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has accumulated 14 caps for the United States since October 2010.