Tag: Jermaine Jones

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that’s not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered. Now this isn’t the same sort of situation that Mexico faced during the 2013 Hex, but the seeds of past problems are beginning to sow their roots again. How can Klinsmann and this US National Team avoid the same Second Cycle Syndrome that stymied Bruce Arena and ... Read more

MLS Eastern Conference Finals Preview – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

Boston versus New York. It’s a rivalry that goes back more than a century. The Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox carry the honor of their city into battle against the Jets, Rangers and Yankees. Its now time for the Revolution and Red Bulls to throw their names into the mix. Both teams earned their way into the Eastern Conference Finals, but did so using different paths. The Revolution beat a lackadaisical Columbus Crew team in the first round of the playoffs, while the Red Bulls had to win a one off wild card game against formidable Sporting KC before moving ... Read more

MLS And USMNT Midfielder Jermaine Jones Could Be Unfortunate World Cup 2018 Absentee

Perhaps the biggest break out star for the USA coming out of the 2014 World Cup was Jermaine Jones. The German-American midfielder played exceptionally well in Brazil and overnight became one of the more popular soccer stars in America. Jones capitalized on his World Cup performance and new found popularity by signing a multi-million dollar contract with the New England Revolution of MLS. Now a bonafide star in MLS and a highly recognized face of the US Men’s National team, is Jermaine Jones on the verge of being phased out of the US squad before the 2018 World Cup? I ... Read more

Jurgen Klinsmann Continues To Challenge American Soccer Both On And Off The field

When Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to be the new coach of the US Men’s National Team in 2011, there was much excitement over the appointment of a successful innovator that would help propel America forward in the world of soccer. Transforming the United States into an elite soccer powerhouse would not be easy but it seemed more possible than ever before under Klinsmann’s tutelage. Three years have passed and it is obvious that the challenges set forth by Klinsmann have resulted in players and officials struggling to be on the same page with the German. Between expecting players to adapt ... Read more

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven’t risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut. Let’s group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out: EASTERN CONFERENCE Sure things: DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule. Should Get In: Sporting Kansas City – Defending champions, in a ... Read more

Jermaine Jones’ MLS Introduction Could Land New England Trophy Success

When you think of the high-profile American internationals that have come home to Major League Soccer in the last two years, Jermaine Jones doesn’t quite fit the model. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, and Damarcus Beasley all had their beginnings in MLS before plying their trade overseas. But this is Jones’ first foray in MLS, and the process for his dispersal within the league already made for big drama. Jones actually fits into the model for many MLS (and old NASL) transfers – older players who are looking for another good contract or two, cashing in on ... Read more

MLS Again Creates New Rule to Appease Owners

The transfer of Jermaine Jones to MLS is a great moment for the league. After his stellar play in the World Cup, the veteran midfielder was out of contract and needing one more shot at being a contributor in a major league. His agent and the Chicago Fire had been holding serious negotiations and the Fire appeared to be on the cusp of a real coup just in time for a playoff run. Then the process took over, and as The Washington Post outlines, it is not the one that seemingly existed until now. For those new to the MLS overseas ... Read more

U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifying Preview: 4 Talking Points and 3 Keys to Victory

After disappointing losses on Friday for both the United States and Mexico, the two sworn enemies come face to face Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying game where both teams will want to win for very different reasons. Here’s what has changed since last week: 1. U.S. Knocked Down A Peg– There were never going to be any easy points to grab in Costa Rica for the US on Friday. But the way the US lost was a little shocking. They came out flat. Costa Rica grabbed control early, and they never looked back. But ... Read more