By RYAN TOLMICH
Thursday was sure to be an emotional day for Jermaine Jones. After spending most of his youth and career in Germany, the 32-year-old was charged with defending against the German onslaught with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s advancement on the line.
Jones put those emotions to good use, putting forth yet another spectacular effort that have seen many anoint him as the team’s best player during his time in Brazil.
For much of the game, Jones was a battering ram, running down Germans, teammates and even referees. But when the team needed him to move forward after going down 1-0, Jones did just that, as the 32-year-old advanced up the field in search of a U.S. goal.
A goal never came, but the U.S. did enough to survive and advance to the tournament’s Round of 16. Much of the credit goes to the play of Jones, who picks up his third SBI World Cup Man of the Match honor, beating out teammates Tim Howard and Omar Gonzalez, as well as German goalscorer Thomas Muller.
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