A powerful box-to-box midfielder who is strong on the tackle, Jones made his name in the German Bundesliga where he has played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04. Born to a German mother and American father in Frankfurt, Jones was capped by Germany three times before applying for a change of association granted by FIFA allowed him to become eligible to represent the United States. Dealing with a shin injury for more than a year ruled Jones out of contention for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but his top-level experience and great athleticism have now finally been on display in a U.S. uniform as Jones helped the U.S. to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
- Started each of the USA’s six games in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scored the opening goal against Jamaica
- Made his long-awaited U.S. National Team debut on Oct. 9, 2010, against Poland in Chicago, sending a cleverly delivered pass into the path of Jozy Altidore who converted the assist into the USA’s first goal of the match
- Became eligible to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team in October of 2009, though injury prevented him from being called into a camp for another year
- After playing for Germany in qualifying for the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup and being capped three times by the full team for Germany in 2008 in friendlies, he submitted the paperwork to FIFA to change associations and play for the USA
- After stints with Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, he has spent four seasons at Schalke.