- Date of BirthNovember 3, 1981
- HometownChicago, Ill.
- ClubBesiktas (Turkey)
- World CupCaps: 4
- CareerCaps: 46
Jones started a career-high 12 games for U.S. during 2013 including seven starts during the final round of World Cup qualifying campaign. He started and played entire game in U.S. 4-3 friendly victory over Germany at RFK on June 2, 2013 and also started in friendlies against Belgium, Bosnia, Scotland and Austria.
Jones made 12 appearances for the U.S., including eight starts, in 2011. He started all six of the U.S.’s games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring his first U.S. goal and the game-winner against Jamaica on June 19 to lift the U.S. into the Gold Cup semifinal. His ‘military salute’ goal celebration in honor of his father was a finalist for U.S. Soccer’s Best Goal Celebration.
He debuted on Oct. 9, 2012 against Poland in Chicago in fine fashion, sending a cleverly delivered pass into the path of Jozy Altidore who converted for the USA’s first goal of the match. He went 90 minutes that day and in the 0-0 draw against Colombia in Philadelphia three days later.
Jones became eligible to represent the USA after his documentation was approved by FIFA on Oct. 20, 2009. Injury prevented him from being called into Bob Bradley’s team and at the end of 2009 he had yet to return to first team action witgh his club.
Jones appeared in 25 games with 23 starts for Schalke with one goal during the 2012-2013 campaign. He scored the game-winning goal to put Schalke up 2-0 in second game of season on September 1, 2012, a 3-1 victory over FC Augsburg.
Jones played 20 games for Schalke, with 18 starts, in 2011-2012. He earned a career-high 14 yellow cards on the season.
Jones made 10 starts for Schalke in 2010-2011 before being assigned to the reserve team in early December. He made his long-awaited return to action (since May of 2009) when he started on Aug. 14 against VfR Aalen in the first round of the German Cup. Jones scored the lone goal in the 2-1 loss on Aug. 28 to Hannover brefore spending the second half of the season with English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, where he made 15 appearances, including 90 minutes in the 1-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on April 30, 2011.
Jones missed the entire 2009-2010 Bundesliga campaign attempting to recover from a shin injury.
He made 37 appearances in all competitions for Schalke in 2008-2009, starting all 30 league games he appeared in, scoring three goals and adding five assists.
Jones appeared in 29 league games in his first season at Schalke (2007-2008), starting eight times during Schalke’s run to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
Jones made five appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2007-2008 before leaving for Schalke at the end of the season.
In 2005-06, Jones appeared in 20 games for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring twice.
Following a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, he made five appearances with Eintracht Frankfurt, including one in the UEFA Champions League, in 2004-2005.
During the 2003-2004 campaign, Jones made five appearances with Eintracht Frankfurt before going on loan to Bayer Leverkusen.
1995–1999 Eintracht Frankfurt
1994–1995 FV Bad Vilbel
1988–1994 SV Bonames
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Road to the National Team
After showing terrific play for Schalke in the 2006-07 season, German coach Joachim Löw called Jones up for a pair of European qualifiers against Cypress and Wales in fall 2007, but, just one day after selection, Jones injured his knee in a home game against Hamburger SV. This injury kept him from playing an “official” game with Germany and in retrospect was a blessing – allowing him ultimately to petition to play for the U.S. team two years later. Jones made his eventual German senior national team debut against Austria (he had played in U21 games) in a friendly February 6, 2008 and appeared in two other friendlies in 2008 and 2009. When he was passed up for the 2008 Euro tournament, it became clear over the next year that German National Team coach Löw had no long-term plans for Jones as part of the German squad. Jones then announced his interest in playing for the U.S., given that he was born to an American father. In June 2009, FIFA made a new ruling to eliminate the age limit for players representing countries at the youth level. This allowed players to switch national allegiances, if they had not played an official game with the senior national team.
Jones was often labeled a “bad boy” by German media during his tenure there – something he seems to feel is bit unfair. “I think I am judged superficially sometimes,” he has said to the German press. “When they see me, they say I’m a tattooed bad boy. David Beckham is tattooed and people don’t call him a street kid.” Jones is very much a family man putting his wife and five kids as the most important thing in his life.
Jones married Miss Germany 2006 Sarah Gerth – now Sarah Jones – on September 9, 2007 at a service in Schermbeck, Germany. They have five children, including twins in April 2009, and a baby daughter born December 2012. The childrens’ names are: Keanu, Liya-Joëlle, Kenyon, Junius, Jadee-Mae.
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 all four games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S.
-Scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick
-Assisted Clint Dempsey's opening goal against Ghana just 30 seconds into the match, helping the U.S. to a 2-1 victory in its first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
-Tied for fifth on the U.S. MNT with 12 appearances during the recent qualifying cycle to advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
-Scored Schalke 04’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in UEFA Champions League play on Feb. 20, 2013, becoming the second USA player to score in the Champions League knockout stage
-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
2014: Started all four games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. ... Scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick ... Assisted Clint Dempsey's opening goal against Ghana just 30 seconds into the match, helping the U.S. to a 2-1 victory in its first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Has appeared and started in five games for the U.S. MNT in 2014, including all three Send-Off Series games and against Ghana in the World Cup ... 2013: Despite knee and ankle injuries during the year, Jones still managed to represent the USA in 12 games for a third straight year … His 12 starts were a career-high, and he logged 925 minutes … Assisted a Clint Dempsey goal on Feb. 6 against Honduras in World Cup qualifying at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano … Jones made 12 appearances during the qualification cycle from 2012-13, tying him for fifth on the USA squad with Graham Zusi … 2012: Played in 12 games for the second consecutive year, including his first four matches in FIFA World Cup qualifying … Captained the U.S. to back-to-back 1-0 wins against Venezuela on Jan. 21 and Panama four days later … Collected Budweiser Man of the Match honors from the Venezuela game, teeing up Ricardo Clark for the game-winning goal … Recorded a goal and three assists, a personal best for points … Headed home a Landon Donovan cross to finish off Scotland in a 5-1 win on May 26, and also set up Michael Bradley and Donovan for their finishes … 2011: Made a career-high 12 appearances for the U.S., including eight starts … Started all six of the U.S.’s games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Scored his first U.S. goal and the game-winner against Jamaica on June 19 to lift the U.S. into the Gold Cup semifinal …His ‘military salute’ goal celebration in honor of his father was a finalist for U.S. Soccer’s Best Goal Celebration … 2010: Debuted on Oct. 9 against Poland in Chicago in fine fashion, sending a cleverly delivered pass into the path of Jozy Altidore who converted for the USA’s first goal of the match … Went 90 minutes that day and in the 0-0 draw against Colombia in Philadelphia three days later … 2009: He became eligible to represent the USA after his documentation was approved by FIFA on Oct. 20 … Injury prevented him from being called into Bob Bradley’s team and at the end of 2009 he had yet to return to first team action … First Appearance: Oct. 9, 2010, vs. Poland … First Goal: June 19, 2011, vs. Jamaica.Germany National Team: Made three total appearances for Germany in friendlies in 2008 and 2009.