Having represented his birth nation of Germany at the youth level, Jermaine Jones made the switch to USA – the country of his father’s birth – in 2010. A combative and occasionally ill-tempered holding midfielder, he has given the Americans a little extra grit and endeavor since his arrival. He has also brought with him the indispensible lessons learned over years playing at the highest levels of the club game in Europe
After coming up through the Eintracht Frankfurt system and a later spell with Bayer Leverkusen, Jones played the lion’s share of his club career with Schalke 04. There he won the German DFB-Pokal during the 2010/11 season and represented the club on Europe’s biggest stage, the UEFA Champions League, on more than one occasion. His gut-busting runs from one penalty area to the other have added a layer of dynamism to the US attack and defence, as have his clear and sometimes abrasive leadership qualities.
“This is a team full of guys who like to get dirty, to work so hard. When one of us trips up, the other guy is right there to jump in and dig him out. This is what makes us strong,” Jones told FIFA.com about the USA side where he’s fitting right in under childhood idol and countryman Jurgen Klinsmann.