In the least surprising transfer news in recent memory, USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones is in talks to join the LA Galaxy during the MLS offseason according to the club’s president Chris Klein.
This is a move that has been on the cards ever since Jones moved to MLS in 2014. The 35-year-old lives in Los Angeles and has been linked to the club several times in the past, but the logistics have never worked out. The timing is now perfect with Jones out of contract and ready to leave the Colorado Rapids. It also makes sense for the Galaxy to pick up a veteran to fill the voids left by Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, and the recently again retired Landon Donovan.
Jermaine was spotted courtside at a Lakers game earlier this week sitting with Klein and GM Peter Vagenas, so Klein was forced into addressing the situation.
It's just Jermaine Jones courtside at a Lakers game with Galaxy president Chris Klein and GM Peter Vagenas... pic.twitter.com/NSiR1gNChJ— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) December 9, 2016
"Jermaine is someone who will be free and he's a national team player that lives here, so we got together and had a very nice conversation with him," Klein told ESPN.
The only potential roadblock holding up the deal is that the Rapids still hold Jones’ MLS rights despite him being a free agent on the world scene (yay, MLS shenanigans). However, ESPN reports that Colorado has given their blessing to Jones to speak with LA.
Is this move finally happening? It makes a ton of sense for Jones to finish his career where he lives. Now it just seems a matter of making it happen.