In news that is just breaking in the past hour, the New England Revolution have landed USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones putting an end to the saga.
After what is being called a “blind draw” made by MLS between the Revs and Chicago, the 32 year old central midfielder will sign a contract worth $4.7 million and will run through 2015, according to Alexi Lalas.
Jones joins the Revs after a 14 year career in Europe and most recently with Besiktas of Turkey’s top division. The German-American suited up for the Yanks in 2010, and has since earned 46 caps and scored 3 goals. Jones was one of the best players for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side in Brazil and scored a cracking goal against Portugal in the group stage.
Jones joins New England after weeks of speculation, and celebrity gatherings. It appeared that Chicago were frontrunners to sign the midfielder until as recently as this week when New England became serious contenders. This comes after the Los Angeles teams were in rumored contention for months, but the allocation order had almost ruled them out, and financial matters were also part of the issue.
The German-American’s last competitive match was July 1 when the US were eliminated by Belgium in the World Cup round of 16, and will probably need a week or two to get back to match fitness. He joins Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley as other high profile stars to come to MLS in the past year, and Robert Kraft will hope his signing can bring a large increase in attendance to Revs games.