Jones scores winner for Schalke in pre-season tournament

Jermaine Jones 1 (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

If there were any lingering questions about the health of Jermaine Jones, he answered them on Saturday.

Jones scored his first goal in over a year, netting the winner in Schalke 04's pre-season match against Hamburg SV in the Liga total! Cup 2010 semifinal. Jones took an ambitious shot from around 35 yards out, but was rewarded as goalkeeper Frank Rost misread it. Raul also made his debut for Schalke in the match, which consisted of two 30-minute halves.

Jones and Schalke will play Bayern Munich in the final on Aug. 7.

If you haven't seen it, here's the goal:

What do you think of Jones' goal? Hoping to see him called up against Brazil? Thinking Rost is a distant cousin of Robert Green?

Share your thoughts below.

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57 Responses to Jones scores winner for Schalke in pre-season tournament

  1. Jon says:

    is that keeper related to Robert Green?

  2. GMD says:

    He will be called…mark it down. CD9…not yet.

  3. Micah King says:

    WOOT!! WOOT!! SIGN HIM UP BOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that a bandage around Jones leg in the pic ? I wonder, does he have a minor knock ?

  4. afc says:

    He played, didn’t get hurt, and scored? Wow!

  5. SwerveZ says:

    That’s a bandage that’s very popular right now for minor muscle/back/tendon/shoulder problems and seems to help stabilize any injurious tissues/ligaments.

  6. Mitch says:

    That is shocking keeping. I think you get him in asap to see where he rates among the other CMs in the national team pool. I love Edu and Bradley together but there’s room for improvement. Might want to start with a change of Coach!

  7. Nick says:

    Barcelona release Marquez:

    link to soccernet.espn.go.com

  8. Isaac says:

    Or not.

  9. RLW2020 says:

    so he is healthy and ready to play.. cap ‘em vs. Brazil! can’t wait to see how he does with the US.

  10. Micah King says:

    Oh I see, thanks for updating me. :)

  11. Micah King says:

    Also, USA is going to play Poland in October Ives, in New Jersey/New York area.

  12. Kasey says:

    Still don’t understand the calls for a new coach. The players Bob has brought in will all be available for 2014 and they are all class with the exception of Bornstein. Bob bringing Jermaine Jones into the Holland camp as an observer shows where Bob wants to go with this program.

  13. patrick says:

    it’s called kinesio tape, it apparently helps stabilize muscles/ligaments. Its often times used after an injury. I believe, although I can’t be sure, that someone on the US was wearing it during the world cup, perhaps gooch or demerit?

  14. patrick says:

    this is random, but as i was looking to see if demerit had worn the kinesio tape, I came across this picture…. Jay with Ron Jeremy

    link to media.collegepublisher.com

  15. Drew says:

    Can someone please confirm he still has a desire to play for the US?

  16. Goalscorer24 says:

    Any coach would have brought Jones in to the Holland camp!

  17. patrick says:

    if he wants to play internationally, it will only be for the US. FIFA allows a one time move, and he made his. He was with the team in Amsterdam for the game against netherlands, and I’ve heard nothing to say that he’s NOT interested in joining the US. I don’t think him not being named to the US roster/camp will bother him. If theres one thing I respect about bob bradley its that he’s very good at communicating with players. From what I’ve heard, he’s in constant contact with players on the team and in the pool, in fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets a phone call from bob soon congratulating him on the goal.

  18. Isaac says:

    Of course. Whatever Bob Bradley does right is what “any coach would do”. Why is anything Bradley does correctly made to seem like he never meant to do it or is downsized and why is anything he does wrong made to seem like it’s proof he should be fired. He’s done so much more right than wrong.

  19. Katatonia says:

    that picture is old

  20. Betamale says:

    Man I can’t wait until Klinsmann calls him into USA camp!

  21. M says:

    So does this mean we’ve finally (hopefully) seen the last of Clark?

    Bradley

    Jones

    Edu

    Feilhaber

    Torres

    Sorry, Clark – no room in the in.

    BTW, I never thanked you for the Reyna-esque giveaway against Ghana. Please, do your nation a favor – retire from the national team.

  22. Karol says:

    The ball (called Torfabrik) is related to the Jabulani. It`s basically the same ball under a different name.

  23. K.T. Frog says:

    You think it’s that easy being Green?

  24. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    If Klinsmann becomes the coach I will start doing cartwheels!

  25. D,K, Tape says:

    But that tape sure is at an odd angle,it can stick on likethat?

  26. Seriously? says:

    Not a good goal, but at least this shot was wasn’t straight at the keeper, and he didn’t get 2 hands on it (though he should have tried to use both). Let’s not sully Green’s work of art by equating every shot that a keeper probably should have had with Green’s sweet, superior screw up.

  27. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    Those 5 players in the CM look very dangerous. If they can improve dramatically 4 years from now the US could have the best mids in the world IMO

  28. Good to see. Stay healthy and hopefully we’ll see him and Charlie get called up for a Fall friendly.

  29. Isaac says:

    Ricardo Clark WILL grow, ya know. He’s at a fairly good club in Germany and he was getting minutes for them in their last games of their season. He’ll get better, so to ask him to retire from the national team when he’s got room to grow is just plain stupid. If we did that, Bocanegra would have been retired from the national team for not being able to deal with Ghana’s long ball back in 2006 that led to the penalty. We would hve had Donovan retire for a TERRIBLE performance during that game. Quit thinking with your emotions, let the grudge go and move on.

  30. Ulrich says:

    No, absolutely no coach at the WC should be so uncertain of his lineup that he has to change it every game at half time. Once you get to the tournament, substitutions should be used to replace carded players, injured players, gassed players late in the game, or to bolster the defense when leading or to add another attacker when trailing.

    What BB did was replace underperforming midfielders & forwards with their backups which isn’t a tactical sub but rather a lineup gaffe. The entire country knew Ricardo Clark was the wrong player to start against Ghana, but Bob still did it and was rewarded with having to yank him in the 1st half.

    The MNT coach needs to be able to see a players ability for what it is and not assume the magic pre-game pep talk and starting nod can elevate a mediocre player to greatness.

  31. L says:

    Did you watch the first goal in that Ghana game?

    Clark did give that ball away, but that’s not why Ghana scored.

    First of all he gave it away in the center circle, nearthe half way line after being put in a very awkward position by M. Bradley on a short pass.

    It was like watching a RB botch a QB handoff.

    I’d like to know why Bradley put Clark in such a bad spot in front of Boateng who watched the whole thing develop in front of him.

    First mistake by Bradley, second mistake by Clark.

    After Boateng robs Clark, Demerit, who was watching the whole thing develop, runs away from Boateng and then reverse field and goes back to him but is too late and only succeeds in partially screening Boateng at the edge of the box when he shoots. Third msitake by Demerit.

    The Best Goalie the World Has Ever Seen meanwhile, is sleeping somewhere and is surprised when Boateng’s shot beats him to the NEAR post, a cardinal goal keeping sin. Yes, he was partially screened but Howard is one of our stalwarts, one of the pillars of the team and if he can’t stop a shot that I’m confident, M, that you could have stopped then what are we to do?

    This goal was a screw up by 4 players but only Howard’s mistake actually resulted in a goal. Admittedly, it was a fair to middling shot but someone with Howard’s reputation is supposed to stop things like that

    If you want a head for it take Howard’s, our big hero untouchable. But we can’t crticise him so let’s blame Rico instead so we can them take out B. Bradley

    If you want to blame B. Bradley blame him for not begging Freidel to come out so that the USMNT could have a real goalkeeper not some wannabe.

    Watch the replay.

  32. KF Fighting says:

    KFK,

    Read SI.com for latest update on CD9 and why a fall friendly may be optimistic.

  33. bryan says:

    great to see…i’d like to see him get called up. start getting him integrated into the team.

  34. Chris Anderson says:

    You should say “…he does wrong is proof that he should be lobotomized.” It’s more catching than saying fired and for many interweb armchair coaches, it more accurately reflects what they want to say too.

  35. wilyboy says:

    If he stays healthy, not a bad replacement for “He who must not be played.”

  36. GTR Aide says:

    You have this thing turned around the wrong way.

    Klinsman would be a fool to take the USMNT job if he has the same power Bradley has.

    He needs a more powerful sweeping role that will allow him to affect how our youth system develops players.

    He needs Sunil’s job or he needs Sunil to be a figurehead and let Jurgen do the developmental with the youth where he can make a real impact. Klinsmann can’t really help the guys over 20 as much as he can the youth system.

    Bradley is an excellent coach and with Jurgen in Sunil’s old job over Bradley and doing REAL player development at the youth level, we might have a shot at winning the 2018 or 2022 Cup. The USSf would be in better hands.

  37. Tell them says:

    You mean the nepotism guy?

    We all know M. Bradley only plays because of his dad.

  38. SD says:

    great comment (no sarcasm)

  39. KenC says:

    Double skip shot, seemed to take a bigger hop on the second skip, which often happens.

    The blue tape was all the rage in tennis a couple years ago at the US Open. It’s not just the tape, but the wacky patterns they weave. Mumbo jumbo as far as I’m concerned.

  40. Isaac says:

    I can’t tell if you’re just be sarcastic or not, but for all those who continue this argument of Bradley-nepotism, check out this post.

    link to bigsoccer.com

    I’m pretty sure the nepotism theory just got disproved.

  41. Isaac says:

    I’m not saying BB doesn’t make mistakes. I’m saying whatever he does correctly never matters to fans. Bradley had done a fine job with his substitutions, something people say he never does well. It’s been proved that he can take this team their first FIFA Final or beat the number one team in the world. I understand the mistakes BB has made, but why does anything going right with the team never get credited to him? BB’s tactics need work, but fans need to accept the place of a proper mentality having a huge impact on the game.

  42. patrick says:

    apparently so, if you google kinesio tape you’ll see that it’s used in odd patterns, not like the athletic tape we’re used to

  43. Ben says:

    can we see that vs Brazil?

  44. dbag says:

    Its nice to see a US fan who does not go to extremes over Clark and Bob Bradley

  45. Be Reasonable says:

    That’s just laughable. What evidence do you have that Jurgen has the ability to do ANY of those things? He did well with a German team at the World Cup that he had little hand in shaping and failed at Bayern. The is only the devil you DON’T know.

  46. Jordan says:

    Soooo…the keeper in that video is pissed at his defense? Haha I guess you gotta blame somebody, right? Kinda like the person who stumbles in a hallway then looks at the floor.

  47. Goalscorer24 says:

    Isaac, I think Bob Bradley has done a decent job, but sticking with him for another 4 years would be a mistake for two reasons.

    1) Sticking with a World Cup coach for two consecutive World Cups rarely works, (as has been demonstrated by many) in part I think because it is good to bring in new blood.

    2) Why not take the team to the next level? The US team is ready for a coach that has either coached some of the top players in the world or was a top notch player himself, or both. That is why we should get Klinsmann!

  48. Goalscorer24 says:

    Be reasonable: That is not actually true. Klinsmann had a sweeping hand in changing the German team. He got rid of almost all of the established old time German players (and received huge criticism at the time) and brought new young and upcoming players. Many of the same players that played in this last World Cup.

  49. Goalscorer24 says:

    Isaac, also, with something like the Jones situation, there are some things that are no brainers. That is like giving Bradley credit for fielding 11 players. why wouldn’t you bring Jones into camp?!

  50. Be Reasonable says:

    He did NOT do all that in two years. You are drinking the Kool Aid. I, for one, don’t want him anywhere near the USMNT as he doesn’t have the experience or expertise to do what some seem desperately want him to do.

  51. primoone says:

    1) “Sticking with a World Cup coach for two consecutive World Cups rarely works, (as has been demonstrated by many) in part I think because it is good to bring in new blood. ”

    Usually it’s about spilling the “old” blood.

    In the rest of the World there are three kinds of guys who coach national teams.

    · Club coaches who are between jobs and need something to maybe brighten up their resume a bit

    · Unknowns, young or middle aged, hoping to make a name for themselves and then land a bigger, better paying gig. Or maybe they are being a little patriotic for a short while.

    · Old, washed up guys looking at one last go around.

    That is why you rarely see managers who get good runs out of the national teams sticking around. They have better things to do or are retiring. Besides none of them like the fact that they are slaves to a limited talent pool unlike a big club manager. And the politics are usually insane.

    Don’t take my word for it, research it.

    Here in the US our sporting culture is such that there are some people who actually think a stable coaching situation is a good thing. Bradley has coached something like 68 to 70 USMNT games. Do you know how many a guy like Hodgson or Benitez did in one season in the EPL? Probably close to what Bradley did in 4 years. Dempsey, even while missing many games with injury for Fulham last season, played in 44 games for them. As far as I’m concerned, Bradley has put in about one season and change with the USMNT

    “2) Why not take the team to the next level? The US team is ready for a coach that has either coached some of the top players in the world or was a top notch player himself, or both. That is why we should get Klinsmann!”

    What makes you think they are ready? Is it because the world is acknowledging our talent and so many of our top notch guys have been transferred to Champions league teams? Oh wait, we have only two guys on Champions league teams; Gooch who never plays and the other one is Sacha and you all want him executed for disgracing the uniform !

    National team players get the vast bulk of their coaching at their clubs. The national team guy just gets them organized, fired up and puts them out there, something Bradley excels at. There is little time to do much else. In the 2 to 3 weeks per year or less Klinsi would spend with Jozy is he going to turn him into Klinsi, Part 2? Is Klinsman going to suddenly going to heal Davies injuries? Is he going to, in a couple of weeks a year, turn Gooch into a real Italian defender? That happens at their clubs or not at all.

    Klinsman, who is no fool, won’t take this job if he doesn’t get a lot more power than Bob had. So I say give Jurgen Sunil’s job and keep Bob. That makes a lot more sense to me.

  52. Vik says:

    Yea, there were multiple failures. But more damning than the giveaway was Clark’s response to the goal. He completely fell apart and picked up a quick and stupid yellow.

    As far as the pbp, Bradley ran around Clark expecting a pass back, Clark just tried to change direction to switch play and got caught out. Demerit backed way too much and Howard was oddly out of position.

    Clark may yet improve, but that was as poor a game from him as any.

  53. Lil' Zeke says:

    Good stuff!

  54. L says:

    “Yea, there were multiple failures. But more damning than the giveaway was Clark’s response to the goal. He completely fell apart and picked up a quick and stupid yellow.”

    Why was it more damning?

    It’s the reason Bradley pulled him but the card didn’t result in any goals. Like he’s the only USMNT player to get a stupid card in this tournament. Dempsey should have been red carded in the first ten seconds of the Slovenia game for elbowing that Slovenian guy in the throat. If the ref had called that there might not have been a Ghana game. Demerit could easily have been red carded in any of these games for shirt pulling in the penalty area.

    “he completely fell apart”

    During Boateng’s run, Clark was trying to catch up but Demerit, who had a shot at Boateng, was running around like a chicken with his head cut off instead of defending the play. He didn’t get close enough to anyone to get a card.

    As far as Bradley expecting a pass back from Clark, if you’re trying to absolve Bradley from any blame,it’s hard to understand why Bradley bothered to pass the ball at all. The area behind and to the left of Clark, where Bradley was headed, was clear of anyone and Clark was already too close to Bradley when he got the ball. Which is why I compared it to a botched handoff. If Bradley had to do it over again, I thnk he’d just dribble past the back of Clark. Why put Clark in the position of having to make a difficult pass?

    “and Howard was oddly out of position”. Nothing odd about it, go back and watch the goals we conceded and Howard was more often than not out of position.

    In terms of what is expected from him, Howard had a crap tournament. If we had Freidel there might not have been so many early goals. I hope Guzan is ready for 2014.

    You guys won’t criticise Howard because it’s easier to blame Bradley for playing Clark, a handier scapegoat, than it is to blame Bradley for playing Howard, everyone’s fave.

  55. Paul Thomas says:

    Lots of volleyball players were wearing that stuff during the ’08 Olympics, including Kerri Walsh, if I’m not mistaken.

    It’s the latest fad in sports medicine.

  56. Paul Thomas says:

    It was poor technique by the keeper, but to be fair the ball clearly hits some kind of divot in the grass and hops over his arms.

    Of course, if he gets in FRONT of the ball, it just hits him in the chest and no one’s there for the rebound… so, yeah, it was still poor technique.

  57. Mustaine says:

    Ulrich,

    When is the next Metallica tour? Trujillo is okay but you should think about bringing back Jason Newsted.

    There is another way to look at what you are describing about the US lineups; that we don’t have too many good players.

    Any coach, even one as limited and stupid as you seem to think Bradley is, wants to write in the same 11 names for every game and forget about it. But, other than Donovan and Dempsey, the US players are largely anonymous and mediocre, as you pointed out. Plus, many were hurt or out of form

    Over the course of qualifying you have time to try things out and be patient with players but in a short intense and physically demanding tournament like the World Cup, it’s now or never. If we had a lineup like Germany’s or Spain’s then you can go with a settled one but when you have as many new guys (Gomez, Buddle, Findley),recent returnees from the injury lists (Gooch, Holden, Clark, Boca,), guys who were out of form( DMB,Demerit) and are missing two of your best( Davies, Jones) as the USMNT had, juggling lineups on a frequent basis is practically mandatory.

    In my view only Dolo, Donovan, Bradley and to a lesser extent, Dempsey, were consistently worthy starters throughout the four games. Even our supposedly bedrock reliable goalkeeping was erratic. Howard probably cost us the Ghana game.

    Bradley did an excellent job juggling a pretty dodgy group.