New England Revolution awarded Jermaine Jones through blind draw
The World Cup standout was designated by the MLS to the Revolution.
United States Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones is returning stateside to play for the MLS's New England Revolution, the team and league announced late Sunday.
And it was due to some, quite literally, blind luck. Jones was awarded to the Revolution through a blind draw performed by league commissioner Don Garber.
Here's how it went down: Jones comes to the MLS as a designated player, which means he's not subject to the MLS allocation system that enables possible dispersion across all teams. Only the Chicago Fire and Revolution had a Designated Player slot open and the available funds to pay Jones a salary comparable to what he'd make overseas, so a blind draw was held. New England won, and -- bam! -- Jones is the Revolution's newest player.
"I’m very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution," Jones said. "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, 32, most recently played for the Turkish side Besiktas, while on loan from Germany FC Schalke 04. He has played elsewhere in Germany and England. He was solid for the national team in Brazil, scoring a wonderful goal against Portugal in the group stage to break a 1-1 tie.
"This is a great opportunity for us to add one of the best players in the United States to our club,” said Revolution investor/operator Jonathan Kraft. "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 [Designated Player] signing would need to make an impact, on and off the field, and we believe the addition of Jermaine will do just that. When we learned that he was interested in signing with MLS, we immediately informed the league of our interest. 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."
A press conference will be held Tuesday to introduce Jones.
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