Jermaine Jones Fit for Duty
ussoccer.com hears from MNT midfielder Jermaine Jones who clarifies his injury status and availability for Schalke and the USA.
Sep. 30, 2013
Following his team’s second-half performance against Hoffenheim on Saturday in which they surrendered two goals to end with a 3-3 draw, Schalke indicated Jones would be left out of the team for the UEFA Champions League match against Basel this week. The absence is unrelated to any injury, and Jones expects to be back in action this weekend.
“I have had some minor issues with my knee for a while, and the plan is to take care of it during the winter break,” said Jones. “Playing is obviously no problem. I will be in the team this weekend for the game against Augsburg and I’m ready to go for the National Team if I get called in.”
The U.S will begin gathering Sunday in Kansas City in advance of the final two qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the chance to finish in first place in the group, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will be bring the strongest squad possible for the matches against Jamaica and Panama.
The U.S. next faces Jamaica on Oct. 11 at sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio). Four days later, the team closes out the cycle away to Panama. Kickoff from Estadio Rommel Fernandez is set for 10 p.m. ET, with coverage on beIN SPORT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
Currently ranked No. 13 in the world, the United States has collected a team-record 14 victories in 2013 and is on pace to establish a new best in goal differential, goals per game and winning percentage for a calendar year. The win against Mexico represented the 250th victory in U.S. MNT history.