LA Galaxy acquire the rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones from Colorado Rapids

LA Galaxy have acquired the rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones from Colorado Rapids in exchange for the club’s 2017 1st Round MLS SuperDraft pick, the club announced today. Jones, 35, has made 47 all-time appearances in Major League Soccer.

The Galaxy trades their highest 2017 1st Round SuperDraft selection as of 24 hours prior to the 2017 MLS SuperDraft to the Rapids.

Jones joined the Colorado Rapids in March 2016 from the New England Revolution in exchange for general allocation money and the Rapids’ first-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He made 13 appearances for the Rapids in all competitions, scoring three goals and tallying three assists for a Rapids side that reached the 2016 Western Conference Championship.

Before signing for the Rapids, Jones joined MLS after he was allocated to the New England Revolution via a blind draw on Aug. 24, 2014. The Designated Player played a vital role in helping the Revolution reach the 2014 MLS Cup with 15 appearances in all competitions, while scoring three goals and adding six assists. Jones played in 18 matches for New England during their 2015 MLS Regular Season campaign. After two seasons, he ended his tenure with the Revolution with 34 appearances, tallying three goals and adding six assists.

A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Jones spent the first 14 seasons of his club career in Germany with stints at Eintrancht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04. During his time in Germany, Jones made 27 UEFA Champions League appearances. Jones also made brief stops at English side Blackburn and Turkish club Beskitas. The defensive midfielder earned three caps for Germany before being granted a change of association by FIFA to become eligible to represent the United States.

Jones made his debut for the Unites States Men’s National Team against Poland in Chicago on October 9, 2010, assisting Jozy Altidore’s goal in the 2-2 draw. Since joining the USMNT, Jones has become a regular for the United States. The 35-year-old has earned 67 caps, scoring four times for the USMNT, including four appearances during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During the United States’ run to the Round of 16 in Brazil, Jones scored once during the United States’ 2-2 group stage draw with Portugal. Jones has also represented the U.S. at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.