Jermaine Jones will not be on the United States team that plays the Czech Republic in their September 3 friendly. The player told CSN New England that Jurgen Klinsmann has informed him he will not be called in.
"It's good for me so I can settle in," he said. "It's good to stay here and train to get in shape."
Jones just signed with the New England Revolution so allowing him to spend some time with his new club makes sense. And even if he didn't have a new team to settle in with, he isn't near fitness. The midfielder hasn't played a match since the U.S. was eliminated from the World Cup on July 1, and presumably hasn't done much in the way of training since either. There is no chance Jones could be nearly fit enough to play in an international regardless of his club status.
Odds are that Jones will be one of several first choice players not called in for the match. With the contest being a single friendly in Europe, Klinsmann is likely to leave many MLS players off of the team. Jones has a club and fitness reason, but many more are likely to miss it because of travel, competition or simply Klinsmann taking the opportunity to look at some lesser known European-based options.
Klinsmann is expected to announce his roster by the end of the week.