Jermaine Jones is back in the picture for the U.S. men's national team as the 33-year-old midfielder has been called up by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Jones is one of 23 players that will report to camp ahead of friendlies against Peru (Sept. 4) and Brazil (Sept. 8). The roster is highly dependent on yanks abroad as only six MLS players have been summoned. The other MLSers are Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Gyasi Zardes,
Jones last represented the U.S. on Feb. 8, 2015 when he featured at center back in a 2-0 win over Panama. The New England Revolution Designated Player was expected to play in this summer's Gold Cup but was forced to withdraw due to a groin injury. Jones is now healthy and has played in the Revolution's three most recent games.
It's no secret that Jones is dedicated to the national team and greatly values any chance to don the Stars and Stripes. In fact, Jones took to Instagram today to express his excitement.
The call up does mean that Jones will miss the Revolution's match against Orlando City SC on Sept. 5. Jones will, however, play at Gillette Stadium in the coming weeks as the U.S. faces Brazil in Foxboro on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)