Sunday, August 24, 2014

Multiple Reports: Jermaine Jones Signs With MLS, Joins Revolution

The Jermaine Jones - MLS saga is finally over.

The 2014 USMNT World Cup star has signed with Major League Soccer, according to Alexi Lalas, who reported the news at halftime of today's Cascadia derby between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

After a blind draw, due to equaled interest between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution, Jones ended up moving to Foxboro. Lalas provided details about Jones' contract, which will run for 1.5 years and weigh in at around $4.7 million per year.

Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus tweeted that the Revolution - and MLS - boosted their offer by a "few extra $100k" to make sure they obtained the midfielder's rights.

The Revolution beat Chivas USA 1-0 earlier today and don't play again until August 30, giving Jones a possible debut before the beginning of September and a playoff push.

9 comments:

justinwkoehn said...

I wish a free agent would have the ability to sign with whatever team they wanted, not just with the league. Let's see how Jones likes playing on grid lines.

dikranovich said...

Well we know jones likes playing in the snow, so I don't think extra lines are going to bother him. It's the second coming of Shari Joseph in New England. Which should be a good thing for the revs.

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Zach said...

Perfect fit for the Revs JJ and Gronk should be best friends.

Wonder if Jermaine's list of cities he wanted to play/party in included the metropolis of Foxboro?

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bwidell said...

Greg, if you're lurking around: Any insight on the Dutch forward the Revs just signed? Ajax product Geoffrey Castillion was announced as a signing today.

http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/news/2014/08/revolution-sign-forward-geoffrey-castillion

Jay said...

"Equalled interest" my ass. Bob Kraft muscled his way in after the Fire did all the heavy lifting. By all accounts JJ wanted to be in Chicago and not suburban Mass; that "few extra $100k" was a concession. The league should be ashamed of itself, and the rest of the ownership should be censuring Kraft right now. This is bullshit.

Greg Seltzer said...

Sorry, bwiddel this one got by me... Castillion is a #9 who performed fairly well on terrible Eredivisie teams, but did not really measure up when given a shot with a bit better team (Heracles). He is decent enough in the air but prefers the ball on the ground. He loves to dribble, but he loves it too much.