Mar 24, 2013, 5:56 PM EST
No question that Jermaine Jones just delivered the biggest, baddest performance in his U.S. national team career, a real fearless force of will on display as he demonstrated to American teammates Friday how to ignore the brutal conditions and just get on with it.
So, what awful timing that Jones has been declared out by U.S. Soccer for Tuesday’s meeting with Mexico at fabled Azteca Stadium.
Jones has an ankle injury, suffered in Friday’s first half, one that required halftime stitches. U.S. Soccer just confirmed to me that Jones did not travel with the team to Mexico.
Prior to the injury, the U.S. midfielder seemed to push through the worsening conditions as well as anyone on the field. Hardly a surprise, really, considering this is exactly why U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann loves the guy, for his infectious warrior spirit. Yes, Klinsmann sees the same deficiencies we all do: Jones’ confounding propensity to collect silly and needless bookings, and his troubling rate of midfield turnovers.
But in Klinsmann’s assessment, the Bundesliga veteran’s creative ability and that fearless leadership (not just on match day, but in practices, in the team hotel, etc.) is ample return for the technical and discipline troubles.
Given Danny Williams’ illness-related absence, there really are just two choices for replacing Jones in the ball-winning midfield role: It’s Kyle Beckerman or Maurice Edu, although Edu may be needed along the back line if the U.S. staff wants to be a little more defensive, perhaps replacing the more attack-minded DaMarcus Beasley with some back line rearrangement.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:05 PM EST
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson on game-winner and Tyne-Wear derby triumphs: “Three years in a row, they must hate me here!”
Dec 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EST
Brendan Rodgers gives his thoughts after a 2-2 draw despite what he called “dominance” on the ball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:12 PM EST
With polarizing halves separating the teams, Arsene Wenger said a draw was the correct result based on performance.
Dec 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to bring a grudge with him to Morocco.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
With Newcastle yielding late, Alan Pardew thinks he may have left his team a little too exposed as the clock ticked towards the final minute.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:08 PM EST
Martin Skrtel returned from a nasty injury and took full advantage of the resulting stopptage time.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
A day to forget for the American central defender in Germany’s top flight.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EST
The boyhood Newcastle fan scored at St. James Park for the third year in a row as Sunderland stole the Tyne-Wear derby late.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:16 AM EST
Raheem Sterling looks to be the lone attacking option for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has left both his available strikers on the bench.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:52 AM EST
A magnetizing first touch leads to a meaningless but nonetheless beautiful goal by the man who gives us magic weekly.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
The heated Tyne-Wear derby has brought us goals and fireworks of many kinds, and will be no different today as Sunderland looks to win four in a row over Newcastle for the first time ever.
Dec 20, 2014, 10:54 PM EST
Howard doesn’t think Lampard will start the MLS season with NYCFC, although he says he should.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:51 PM EST
Doneil Henry is reportedly close to joining West Ham, which is a surprise, to say the least.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:46 PM EST
After logging lots of miles the last 16 months, Raheem Sterling is going to get a short rest very soon.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:04 PM EST
NYCFC won’t be calling the Bronx home, but they’re still hopeful a deal can be done elsewhere in the city.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:13 PM EST
Arsene Wenger says he’s not cheap, and that you should join him for a night out if you don’t believe him.
Dec 20, 2014, 5:56 PM EST
Barcelona are keeping things tight in Spain, while Roma are losing sight of Juventus once again.
Dec 20, 2014, 4:33 PM EST
Four trophies in one calendar year — it’s a good time to be Real Madrid.
Dec 20, 2014, 3:42 PM EST
After collapsing on the field in a game back in July 2013, Engelbrecht had undergone four heart surgeries to get back on the pitch.
Dec 20, 2014, 3:16 PM EST
Things are going to be extra intense all Sunday morning, so put on a pot of coffee and enjoy the rush.
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