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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, January 13, 2012
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones to the US national team roster for the upcoming games against Venezuela and Panama.

Jones, 30, is currently serving a long eight week suspension in Germany for stomping on Marco Reus in a 3-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach in December. He won't be available to play for his club until March.

Jones has since apologized to Reus for his actions.

Due to the suspension, Jones will now look to get back into the fold with the US national team. Since Klinsmann was hired in August, Jones has only made one start for the US national team.

The US national team will face Venezuela on January 21 in Phoenix, Arizona and then travel to Panama City to face Panama on January 25.
Saturday January 21, 2012 10:54 am
It make good use of an experienced player when we have very few available... look at just who is in camp for these two matches, and since this is all taking place on non FIFA International dates, well we see the usual group of fresh young faces but precious few experienced professionals. Jones is no saint but eight weeks is way harsh for what I saw happen... and simple fact other than say Michael Parkhurst and Benny Feilhaber we have no guys with real experience and that is something that Jones certainly does bring.
Klinsmann still is choosing to use Beckerman... I still see him more metaphorically as a cover tree to protect a younger higher value plant, who later can be chopped to make room for said more valuable tree... but he is still in the picture with his lack of pace and tenancy to get himself beaten when a more physical challenge is truly needed, so having a guy like Jones around might indeed be helpful because clearly that isn't his problem, ha ha

With Gonzalez toast with an ACL injury and George John off now with West Ham, the likely pairing of Cameron and Parkhurst seems to be of greatest importance now and whether or not Agudelo is healthy enough to play up top... I hope Feilhaber is given the chance to run things with Gatt getting some time as well, as the rest are barely in preseason form still ... oh well camp cupcake is what it is, but it is Klinsmann's trying to maintain possession that will be of interest here... hope we don't see any more injuries.
David M
Tuesday January 17, 2012 4:38 pm
Just doesn't sound right. He stomps on an opponent, gets an 8-week ban, and is rewarded by the national team call-up?

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