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Report: New England interested in Jermaine Jones, but MLS terms remain first hurdle

Aug 8, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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Major League Soccer is still trying its darndest to convince Jermaine Jones to come play in the United States, but it’s proved a difficult task.

The Chicago Fire have long reportedly been interested in snatching Jones should the USMNT star agree to a deal, but it looks like another team wants to be on that list.

ESPN’s Taylor Twellman reported that New England is also in for Jones, with management approving a deal for the midfielder.

Jones has been heavy passing those along on Twitter who advocate for him to make Michael Bradley money, but thus far Major League Soccer is hesitant to give a 32-year-old that kind of deal. He also got into it with Alexi Lalas for something that initially seemed to be harmless from the ESPN commentator. Then again, Lalas seems to be enraging plenty of US palyers on Twitter recently.

According to this Fox Soccer report, Jones has been asking for top-10 type money. In addition, they contacted Revs GM Michael Burns, who told them “We’ve received approval from our ownership to pursue Jermaine. We’re interested in Jermaine and we’ve been in contact with MLS.”

According to ESPN, Jones was set to earns $2.4 million per year at Besiktas, but the club declined to extend his contract on an option that would have seen it extend through the summer of 2016.

New England has two designated player slots open, with only Jerry Bengtson signed to a major contract.

Earlier today, Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop confirmed that his club was still in for Jones, and likely the frontrunners as they have been for some time.

  1. thedeadlockvictim - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Oh, don’t get my hopes up like this, Internet Rumor Mill.

  2. braxtonrob - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    I like him going to N.E. more than Chicago.

  3. vtravi00 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I have a hard time believing the Krafts are hoping to pay any where near the 2.4 million he makes in a Germany. The highest payed player on the Revs is Bengtson who makes $300k ( and is on loan to Argentina). Also the Revs don’t need another defensive midfielder. Scott Caldwell is good enough. If you are going to spend that kind of money, bring in Ronaldinho. I would love to see JJ in MLS but I don’t think it is a great fit with the Revs.

  4. barneyfife2121 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I’m still good with Jones – however he lost a lot points with me for his re-tweet of the post to the followers about Lampard’s and others salaries – I see that as of this note the tweet has been removed. This is business and Twitter is the last place on earth you want to cast stones. Many may agree with me that we are at a special time in the history of US Futball. These players, and owners need to never forget ( as the NFL has done) that people in general will never be able to live the lifestyles of these sports stars. Please stay humble to your customers ( us).

    On a side note AlexiLalas needs to stop this nonsense of casting stones with Players outside of media platforms of his employers. I know he has an ego and is free to address his opinions, however in the mind of his customers his twitter comments are a reflection of his employer(s). He needs to be aware of this. His focus needs to remain to elevate the game for the vast majority of people in the USA who are curious but really have no clue about the game.

  5. jdfsquared - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    The Revs a new stadium before a new DP.

    • vtravi00 - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      the only way a new stadium happens is if the city will help build one for the 2024 Olympics that Boston is going for. That is the only reason I would like to see the games come to Boston is a hope we might get a new soccer stadium somewhere close to downtown. of course that is 10 years away and the team needed a stadium 10 years ago, lol.

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