Despite interest in Fire, Jermaine Jones' MLS status still unclear

Despite interest in Fire, Jermaine Jones' MLS status still unclear
August 21, 2014, 11:00 am
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CSN Staff

There is serious interest between USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones and the Fire, but it may not be enough to bring Jones over to MLS.

According to a report from Goal USA, Jones has agreed to a contract to join the Fire, but talks have hit a snag because MLS won't guarantee Jones will be allocated to the Fire.

Both the Fire and New England Revolution have shown interest in Jones and Goal USA reports that Jones would only join the Revs for a higher salary than what Chicago is offering.

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Jones took to Twitter late Wednesday night to weigh on the rumors.

The 32-year-old Jones was born in Germany and has dual-citizenship through his American father, a U.S. Army soldier. He spent part of childhood in Chicago and Greenwood, Mississippi, but after his parents divorced he returned to Germany with his mother.

Jones has been a member of the USMNT since 2010. In 46 appearances he has tallied three goals, including a goal against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Jones would provide a huge boost to a Fire club that is currently fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is three points behind the New York Red Bulls, who are in a position for the final playoff spot in the conference.