Jermaine Jones has been traded to the Colorado Rapids for their natural first-round pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft and general allocation money, according to a team press release.
Jones, 34, joined the New England Revolution as a Designated Player on Aug. 24, 2014. The U.S. international had an immediate impact on the Revs, helping the team to their first MLS Cup appearance since 2007. Jones contributed three goals and six assists in 15 appearances across all competitions in his first MLS season.
His sophomore year was less productive as he had no goals or assists in 19 appearances. In his last moments in Revs colors, Jones attacked referee Mark Geiger, a move that would earn him a six-game suspension. This suspension will now begin, meaning that Jones won't be eligible to play for the Rapids until they host the New York Red Bulls on Apr. 16.
With his initial 18-month contract expiring at the end of 2015, Jones was left without a team. When Jones and the Revs failed to come to terms for a new contract, a trade was devised. The Revs signed defensive midfielders Xavier Kouassi and Gershon Koffie to help fill the void.
Jones will have the opportunity to return to Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3. The game is set for a 5:30 kickoff.