It’s no secret that Jermaine Jones enjoys representing the United States. Unfortunately for the midfielder, a lingering groin injury has limited him to just two appearances in 2015. Now fully healthy, Jones hopes to be part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil.
Jones last donned the Stars and Stripes on Feb. 8 when he marshalled the back line in a 2-0 win over Panama. Soon after, the 33-year-old underwent surgery to correct a sports hernia. Once recovered, Jones featured in nine Revolution games before going under the knife again. It was a frustrating turn of events that prevented him from playing in the Gold Cup.
Jones has since recovered, stating that he has no concerns about another injury. The Designated Player has slowly increased his involvement with his club team and hopes to make his second consecutive start this weekend. If all goes well, Jones aims to be with the USMNT for their September friendlies.
"I always say that when I’m fit and I play for my team that I want to go to the national team," Jones said on Wednesday. "If I’m fit and train and play for the New England Revolution then I want to go [to the national team]."
Jones confirmed that he has spoken to Klinsmann recently and that the two had a "good conversation." Though uncertain if he will be called into camp, Jones noted that he has shown quality during his 50 international caps.
"Me and Klinsmann, we have a good relationship," Jones said. "I think all of the times he call me in, I try my best."
With the official roster set to be announced on Aug. 30, Jones will have one more chance to impress as the Revs are set to play the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. If Jones is called up to the national team, he will likely miss the Revolution's home game against Orlando City SC on Sept. 5.