After his collision with teammate Alejandro Bedoya in Recife on Thursday, the U.S. Soccer Federation have confirmed their German-American midfielder has broke his nose.
Jones (who joined the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, watch the video above) has surprisingly been the USA’s star man in Brazil this summer and would be a huge loss to the Star and Stripes. However despite the broken nose he will play in the round of 16 match vs. Belgium in Salvador on Tuesday and is not expected to wear a protective face mask.
U.S. spokesman Michael Kammarman said Jones and fellow midfielder Bedoya each were checked on the field during the 1-0 loss to Germany at Recife following their second-half collision, and three more times since.
This injury comes fresh off of Clint Dempsey’s broken nose in the USA’s World Cup opener vs. Ghana, as the U.S. really are putting everything on the line this summer. Dempsey was said to be struggling with his fitness after injuring his nose as breathing became an problem. The U.S. medical team will likely keep an eye on the same issues occurring with Jones but don’t expect the combative midfielder to be shirking out of any tackles in the near future.
The commitment of Jurgen Klinsmann’s team cannot be questioned, as they are literally running through brick walls for the team. Jones has been a warrior in the engine room for the U.S. and his stunning goal vs. Portugal in Manaus helped the side seal their spot in the last 16. Jones is known for his tough-tackling but he is on a yellow card. If he gets booked against Belgium in the round of 16 match, he will miss the USA’s potential quarterfinal match-up.
PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.
Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.
Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.
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No financial details were given.
The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.
Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.
Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.
The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.
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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.
He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.
That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.
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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”
Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.
Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.
Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.
The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.
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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.
It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.
Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.
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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday