Klinsmann adds midfielder Jones to U.S. roster
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jurgen Klinsmann called up midfielder Jermaine Jones to the U.S. national team January training camp Friday.
Jones will join the roster Saturday, as the U.S. prepares for matches against Venezuela and Panama later this month. He is currently serving an eight-week suspension at German club Schalke.
The German-American was banned for deliberately stepping on the foot of Marco Reus, who had a broken toe, in a match against Monchengladbach.
"Obviously this is a very difficult moment for Jermaine," U.S. boss Klinsmann said. "He regrets the incident and has apologized to the player, his coaches and his teammates.
"He respects the decision of the German Federation and accepts the punishment. While an unfortunate situation, it provides me the opportunity to call him in and continue to get him integrated with our system as we prepare the team for qualifying this summer.
"I have spoken with the coach at Schalke and Jermaine, and we all agree this is what's best."
Jones appeared in a career-high 12 matches in 2011 and has accumulated 14 caps for the United States since October of 2010.
01/13 16:22:05 ET