[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Jermaine Jones will be separated from his family in Los Angeles by more than 2,600 miles and he won't be playing in Chicago, the club that initially pursued him, but he said in his first press conference since joining New England he's happy to be with the Revolution.
Jones said it was false that he preferred to play in Chicago.
"The point was," he said in his first press conference with the Boston media on Tuesday, "that I said that I am close to my family, and I have to say a big thanks to them, they already told me that they would be behind me and would stay in LA and push me for every decision that I do. We were sitting down, talking about everything, I was talking it over with my agent, and the New England Revolution, they pushed so bad that they wanted me, and if you have that feeling that somebody is really interested and they pushed so far, I would say, ‘OK, I go to New England.'"
In the heyday of the Revs, four-time (2002, 2006, 2006, 2007) MLS runners-up, they had a strong central midfield presence with Shalrie Joseph and Jeff Larentowicz.
"He fits exactly what we were looking for," said Revs coachJay Heaps of his new signing, "a ball-winning midfielder, a great presence in there."
Jones, the biggest signing in the Revs' 19 seasons, says he wants Revs coach Jay Heaps to push him to be ready for Saturday's match at Toronto FC, and he in turn is ready to push his teammates.
"Anyone who knows me know I'm not a guy who likes to lose," said Jones. "We have a young team, so maybe I have to kick someone in the a**, but only in a good way. I like to win, and I will try everything so that we can get some wins."
Jones, who said he was pushed by Jurgen Klinsmann to make the move to MLS, has been off for eight weeks since the World Cup ended for the USA with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the round of 16. He said resuming training on Tuesday wasn't easy, but he was ready to help the Revs even if it was off the bench.