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Maybe Jermaine Jones isn't so keen to join MLS, after all

Out-of-contract United States midfielder reportedly rejects $6 million offer from Chicago Fire.

Kevin C. Cox

Jermaine Jones has made it no secret that he would like to play in Major League Soccer. Apparently that desire was only under some pretty limited circumstances, at least if a report from is accurate.

Jones has apparently rejected a 2.5-year, $6 million guaranteed contract from the Chicago Fire, leaving his career in limbo. The report suggests Jones would have been paid $1.3 million for the rest of this season and then gotten $2.35 million in 2015 and 2016. The Fire were apparently the MLS team willing to give Jones the most lucrative offer and it's hard to imagine anyone else coming particularly close to that number. That would have also put him among the top 10 paid players in the league.

Jones had indicated that he was most interested in playing in Southern California, where he currently owns a home. But neither the Galaxy nor Chivas USA have an open Designated Player spot. Considering he just turned down a multi-million dollar offer, it's hard to imagine Jones accepting a contract that would have to pay him less than the DP threshold of $387,000 a year.

It's also unlikely Jones will find a more lucrative contract overseas. His most recent deal that he signed with Germany's Schalke apparently paid him about $2.45 million annually. Presumably either Schalke or Turkey's Beşiktaş -- where he last played while on loan -- could have re-signed him for a comparable amount before the World Cup.