Jermaine Jones arrived on the United States radar within the past half-decade, so it’s easy to forget this is the veteran’s last true go at a World Cup. The longtime Schalke man, now plying his trade in Turkey, actually made three appearances for Germany in 2008 after a long time of development in his birth country. Since switching allegiances in 2009, Jones has drawn the admiration and/or ire of many American fans with his hard tackles, on-the-edge play and constant danger… of a card.
Full name: Jermaine Jones
Hometown: Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Caps/goals: 42 caps, 2 goals
Best moment in a U.S. shirt: Captained the United States for matches against Venezuela and Panama in January 2012, but it’s hard to argue against the “Sno-Fro” game in which the Yanks defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in a snow-storming Colorado.
Starter or squad player at World Cup? Hard to say he’s anything but a starter, as Jurgen Klinsmann seems to adore the runaway train that is Jones. But can the 32-year-old be trusted to stay restrained as a defensive center midfielder? Moreover, does he maintain the same value? Many will argue it comes down to Jones or Kyle Beckerman as the “bottom of the diamond”