Klinsmann Adds Jermaine Jones to January Camp Roster
Midfielder to Join Squad Jan. 14 at The Home Depot Center and will be Available for U.S. Friendlies against Venezuela and Panama
CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2012) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added midfielder Jermaine Jones to the January training camp roster. The midfielder will join the 21-player roster Jan. 14 at The Home Depot Center as the teamÂ prepares for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Panama. Jones is currently serving a suspension from matches for Schalke.
â€œObviously this is a very difficult moment for Jermaine. He regrets the incident and has apologized to the player, his coaches and his teammates. He respects the decision of the German Federation and accepts the punishment," Klinsmann said.Â "While an unfortunate situation, it provides me the opportunity to call him in and continue to get him integrated with our system as we prepare the team for qualifying this summer. I have spoken with the coach at Schalke and Jermaine, and we all agree this is whatâ€™s best.â€
Jones appeared in a career-high 12 matches in 2011 and scored his first international goal, tallying the game-winner in the 2-0 win against Jamaica in the quarterfinal of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has accumulated 14 caps for the United States since October of 2010.
The U.S. will host Venezuela on Jan. 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (TICKETS). Four days later, the U.S. faces Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Fans can follow both games live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.