Jermaine Jones may be a center back for the US Men's National Team, but he views himself as a midfielder when playing for the New England Revolution.
One week after deputizing as a center back for a depleted Revolution side, Jones sent the following tweet:
First of all I accept playing defense now because we don't have players, all are injured. I always say MLS midfield and US team defense!!— Jermaine Jones (@Jermainejunior) April 25, 2015
The tweet reasserts that Jones wants to play midfield during league play. Against the Philadelphia Union, Jones started as a center back alongside Andrew Farrell. The move was done out of necessity though as Jose Goncalves and Darrius Barnes were injured. The 90-minute performance got some people thinking that Jones was preparing to make a full-time switch to the back line.
This is obviously not the case as Jones wants to play higher up the field. Here, he can take control of the midfield, making crucial tackles, spraying the ball in any direction, and taking shots on goal.
Always a competitor, Jones is willing to fill-in as a defender, if needed. Head coach Jay Heaps is also willing to use him there in a pinch as he told media last week that he was "very comfortable" with Jones as a defender because he "is the starting center back for our national team most games."