Jermaine Jones made his return to the field tonight at the club level after an extended off-season due to a six-match suspension. He found the net for the Colorado Rapids in the 22nd minute against the New York Red Bulls.
Here's his goal:
Nothing flashy or spectacular, but it's hard to complain about a goal in your first match with a new team. Although he normally plays as a defensive or a box-to-box midfielder, it appears that Colorado is utilizing him as an advanced destroyer against the Red Bulls.
Jones, 34, joined the Rapids after a season-and-a-half with the New England Revolution. He earned a six-match suspension at the end of last season when he pushed a referee following a disputed non-call. Jones has 58 caps with the U.S. national team and most recently appeared in a 2-0 friendly victory against Canada on February 5th.
Whether you agree with Jones' inclusion or not, he's clearly a favorite of Jurgen Klinsmann's and will be called into the national team in the future. So if he's still a fixture with the national team, it's good to see him producing at the club level.
And since it's another snow game in Colorado, I suppose I'd be remiss if I didn't include these pictures in the blog: