The LA Galaxy have acquired the rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones from the Colorado Rapids, the team announced on Tuesday.
Jones, 35, has been a key figure in the U.S. men’s national team since 2010, and he joined MLS in 2014 after a 14 – year career in Germany. His family has been living in Los Angeles since his arrival in the States.
The Galaxy sent their first-round pick in the 2017 MLS Super Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 draft to the Rapids in exchange for his MLS rights. He still has to come to terms with the club, and it’s unclear whether he’ll secure a Designated Player deal, such as the one he had with the New England Revolution.
He took a significant pay cut to join the Rapids but expressed a desire for a more lucrative deal in the aftermath of the club’s elimination in the Western Conference final.
MLS side giants, LA Galaxy were held to a goal-less encounter over the weekend by Vancouver Whitecaps. LA Galaxy were unable to finally crack the 10-man opposition, so settled for the draw.
The Whitecaps player, Matias Laba was shown the way out during the encounter as early as the 28th minute. The Los Angeles based side couldn’t employ their advantage to salvage a draw if not an outright win. LA Galaxy star player Steven Gerrard missed the game due to an injury.
The red card elicited a lot of reactions. The card was controversial and it greatly influenced the turn of events during the game. During the early-season encounter, Matias Laba was sent off for a sliding tackle on LA Galaxy’s Mike Magee. The referee deemed the defender’s tackle too much, even though the defender won the ball with the tackle. The studs of the defender were showing during the tackle, hence the referee, Jair Marrufo, gave him the matching orders even though it was just before the half-hour mark. The Whitecaps fans were visibly pissed at the decision of the referee. The fact that the Whitecaps had striker Masato Kudo suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee prior to the encounter, made the straight red card more painful.
There were at least three other red cards issued during the weekend round of games at the MLS. Surprisingly, LA Galaxy head coach, Bruce Arena condemned the straight red card.
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