Mar 24, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT
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.
Sep 19, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT
Preview of West Ham v. Liverpool match on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET this Saturday.
Sep 19, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT
Watch Real Salt Lake encounter the Colorado Rapids live on NBCSN or NBC Sports Live Extra at 10:00 p.m. ET tonight.
Sep 19, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT
Preview of Aston Villa vs. Arsenal match on NBCSN at 10:00 a.m. ET this Saturday.
Sep 19, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hold different rationales about midfielder Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge exit this year.
Sep 19, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT
UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t wish to give into FIFA’s pressure to return a watch gifted to him at the World Cup.
Sep 19, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT
Seattle Sounders FC have signed Nigerian defender Onyekachi Apam.
Sep 19, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT
Financial figures for Arsenal released by club today.
Sep 19, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT
Coritiba striker Joel brought out a one-of-a-kind goal celebration vs. Sao Paolo.
Sep 19, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has sung the praises of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who the forward believed was instrumental in getting himself exposure in Europe.
Sep 19, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT
Gareth Bale could one day return to Tottenham, but his waxing poetic on White Hart Lane is likely nothing more than political fare.
Sep 19, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT
Of course it’s possible that Louis van Gaal could bring Ronaldo to Manchester United, but he doesn’t believe his current team is interested.
Sep 19, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
How many times in his life has Ronaldinho performed this task with flair (or at least adequately)?
Sep 19, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT
Tim Howard’s stint as No. 1 USMNT backstop may be on hiatus, but the battle of who’s the top American goalkeeper in the Premier League is on
Sep 19, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT
An even rivalry heads to Loftus Road to start its season series on Saturday, kicking off the Premier League weekend.
Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Where and how to watch every PL game during Week 5, right here.
Sep 19, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
A Washington Post report asks why Hope Solo is being celebrated for her on-field efforts while awaiting the results of her not guilty plea to domestic abuse charges.
Sep 19, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT
It’s not about the Impact, the CONCACAF Champions League or the club’s record. For Di Vaio, it’s about home.
Sep 19, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT
Perhaps the investigation took a bit too long, but it seems many athletes did not understand the depths of their joke usage.
Sep 19, 2014, 8:40 AM EDT
You can watch the video of the ‘premeditated’ act inside. Six months is fairly understandable, no?
Sep 19, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT
The required capacity for the final was a minimum of 70,000 seats, which certainly helped England near the front of the pack.
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