Call it blind luck.
The New England Revolution have obtained the rights to US Men’s National Team star Jermaine Jones following a blind draw by Major League Soccer. Jones will be added to the team’s roster following the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
The German born American and and defensive midfielder starred for the US in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring in the US’s 2-2 draw with Portugal in group play. He played all four World Cup matches in Brazil, gaining praise for his gritty play.
“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 in a statement. “We thought Jermaine was the best player for the US in the World Cup and we are excited to welcome him to New England. Robert [Kraft] and I have always said that any major DP 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.’’
Jones, 32, said in a statement released by the team that he was excited to join the Revolution (9-3-12, 30 points), who are just one point shy of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
“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,’’ Jones said. “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 played the past 14 years in Europe.