Oh, that crazy Jurgen Klinsmann.
The madcap coach used the time between the USMNT’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador and Tuesday’s match against Honduras to call together some of the old World Cup crew (Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Jermaine Jones).
That last name, fresh off helping propel New England into the postseason, was in a buoyant mood with the media on Monday. He shared some interesting gossip on what he might be doing come Tuesday night in Boca Raton.
“Jermaine is one of those guys that when he gets angry, he gets angry, and we want him to show those emotions and also when he is not happy with something to express it and keep everyone on their toes.”
Klinsmann, of course, also expects Jones to stay on his toes. The 33-year-old hinted he could take on a new role against Honduras, with logic suggested that it is likely to be center back.
“Me and the coach were talking, and we have some surprise for everybody,” Jones said with a grin. “We talked and maybe you will see me in a new position.”
That could well mean Jones playing alongside Matt Besler in the heart of the defense, a move that could allow Michael Bradley and Mix Diskerud to link up in the center of midfield.
It does make a bit of sense. It’s been clear to anyone with eyes and ears that Klinsmann absolutely adores Jones, and trying him in the heart of the back line could prolong his time in a USMNT uniform. Whether it works is another story, but given what he’s accomplished in Brazil and New England, we’re ready to give it a look.