It was more of a general question. I used to lift some serious weight, but since I reduced my weightlifting routine and dropped some of that muscle mass, I’ve had a much better time with my cardio. 5-10 fewer lbs. makes a big difference, for me anyway.
The only match where he was clearly gassed was the Panama match, and that probably had as much to do with Panama’s athleticism and the Tampa heat/humidity than anything else.
Seeing as Najar has been here for a few years at an age when it’s easier to learn languages and he STILL needs a translator…I think Jones is doing quite well.
Well both are Germanic languages so it’s very easy to mix the two and still understand the meaning. I studied it for three years and understanding the language is quite easy once you pick up a few of the stranger words.
That’s probably a better education than most professional footballers receive.
His daughter is really adorable. Definitely an “aww…” moment there.
“What has Jermaine Jones brought to the team that Mo Edu cannot? ”
Maybe you should add “at this time”.
Mo plays for a team in a league where outside of the Old Firm I can’t say the teams are better than what MLS has to offer.
The SPL really is awful.
Also Rangers are poor and cannot bring in new players in so Mo faces little to no competition for his job. They do play in Europe but not for very long. They usually the beat up on some Pub team from Southern Slobovia in the early rounds. Then they meet up with a big team, lose honorably and go out of the competition.
I think Mo, who I love, has gotten stale and soft since he came back from injury and he needs to move somewhere where he is being challenged on a regular basis so his game can develop the way it should.
Jones brings the kind of toughness and savvy that only facing the kind of competition he has can give you. Mo is a better athlete but there is a lot he can learn from Jones.
Right now of the fab four, MB, Jones, Holden and Mo, Mo is clearly number four (or will be if Holden ever comes back to form).
I hate to generalize but a friend of mine from France once told me lots of his friends read, spoke and understood English competently but were reluctant to speak to it to Americans because they were a little embarassed about their lack of command and didn’t wish to embarrass themselves. Remember that for French and German speakers, accent is a bigger deal than for us informal American types.
I don’t think anyone has ever accused Jermaine of lacking guts but it was very commendable of him to face the media and speak in English so soon. It stands in contrast with the many MLB baseball players who speak English but speak with the media through translators anyway, not that I blame them.
I thought it was hilaroius when Jones got on Donovan for speaking to him in German during the camp before the Argentina and Parguay series when he, Jones , was trying to learn English. With Jones, Chandler, Yeldell, Dolo, Bradley,Donovan and Spector(German grandparents and passport, does he speak?)around I’m sure, communicating with the team isn’t too bad.
I know I’ve read at least a 2 interviews (one was in German on an FC Schalke fan site before the whole FIFA ruling that allowed him and other players to switch national allegiances) where he said that he wants to live in the US and even play in MLS after his playing career in Europe is over.
I think it was a writer at the NYT. Jack Bell?
you’ll find much “thicker” players than jermaine jones. He’s got a solid build but he’d definitely not be considered too muscular. Also, i havent seen him be “prone to wearing down towards the ends of matches”.
I know what you mean, but after teaching English for the past 15 years or so (in Germany for 7) I have realized that not everyone is that good at languages.
But the number of reasons why his English is relatively poor are multiple.
I could easily imagine that he may have been angry at his American father for leaving Germany and under-performed in his English class as an act of protest.
But personally, I could give a rat’s @$$. I love the fact that he’s playing for the US.
And I have a huge amount of respect for him for doing these interviews.
What I like about him most is that he really tries to control the game. He’s the kind of player that says to the opposition, “You see that line in the middle of the field. YOU are not crossing it!”
That’s one of the most condescending things I’ve read on here…
First, you have no idea when this was filmed. It’s June, and he was sold to Blackburn in January, right?
It was probably filmed this spring. That’s a few months. He’s progressed to this from not really knowing that much at all (and again, he grew up a soccer player in Germany) and he’s known he was going to be playing for the US for, what, 2 years? Plus he’s raising kids who speak German, so that can’t help the development.
I thought that he did a pretty good job, to be honest.
But hey, you’ve studied in Germany, so feel free to look down at whoever you want to.
The tats are far less interesting than the fact that Jones’ arms are pretty damn muscular by the standards of your average soccer player. With his speed and work-rate, the dude is just a beast. (At the same time, I wonder if the muscle he’s carrying makes him prone to wearing down toward the ends of matches.)
Jones stated before that he identifies more with the American culture than German culture. I wonder when he stops playing will he reside in the states or stay in Europe.
that was his best yet in the USMNT kit last night.
keep it going! Go Jermaine!
Sounds good. Imagine what could have been at WC 2010 without the injuries and add Davies up top. That team beats Ghana.
nothing..not to mention that Edu is entering the prime of his career and Jones is not
Studying in Germany, I must admit, his English is pretty bad considering his pedigree and exposure. I’ve conversed with construction workers with presumably no more than a Hauptschulabschluss (that’s the bottom of the barrel education wise in Germany) who spoke better English than Jermaine.
Not sure I get the point of the question, the way it’s phrased. I mean it’s not an either/or thing, right? As long as they’re each good enough to be on the team and not crowding out some equally good but more complementary player, we can have them both without a problem…
Jones-Holden-Bradley in the mid would be a dream pairing for me if people would stop injuring Stu… Edu is good in a temporary capacity if our starters (Bradley, jones) are not available or need to be subbed.
He plays in England, as does everyone else featured in the MNT in England spots.
Jones plays for Blackburn.
They interview players that are playing in England.
That said, I like Edu. I think he can/will be great for the Nats in the near future, he just needs to find somewhere else to play other than Scotland. He is staying in game shape, but his tactical awareness and skill set are not improving. He needs to find that somewhere else.
Um, he doesn’t break like a twig, and Edu doesn’t pass the ball forward, only backwards from what I’ve seen.
Don’t forget, Landon also played in Germany and probably knows some choice German words.
What is the connection to England, as in “MNT in England”? Does US Soccer have spots on England TV?
Better passing, more strength, more speed, better tackler.
Pretty much every measurable that you look for in a D-mid.
Attitude, long ball range passing and vision.
Never-ending hard work, unteachable aggression to win the ball, better acceleration out of pressure and better dribbling skills all together, & better vision when it comes to trying the longer ball. Jones is a much more advanced player than Edu, but I would say Edu plays the simple pass a bit better and his defending skills are a bit better aswell. I dont understand the close comparison people give the two players, Jones is much better at this stage.
Mad tats. Duh.
Yeah – and I imagine that Michael Bradley picked up some German in his time playing in Holland and Germany – so as the two trade soccer knowledge, tactics, pick-up lines, street slang, music lyrics and fill in each others thoughts in their respective tongues —–> we get a monstrous defensive midfield pair that go together like bread and butter, salt and peppah, french fries and ketchup, bratwurst and beer. I like Jermaine, I am so happy for him, and for our USMNT that he has gotten healthy and he is starting to find his place, his role, his soccer identity as a mid-field super-cop on no-goal patrol for the USMNT. He is a beast – a future hall of famer.
Welcome home Jermaine, we love you. Keep up the good, strong work.
I have a question. Even with the ad block turned on, why does the ad still pop up?
PS. What has Jermaine Jones brought to the team that Mo Edu cannot?
He was reportedly just uncomfortable talking to reporters in English. When he announced he was applying to switch to the US in early summer 09, someone (maybe Goff?) wrote that after hearing him talke, his English was decent but he was just uncomfortable or embarassed that it wasn’t perfectly fluent.
Isn’t surprising that he speaks so well English in such short amount of time? I mean, I remember he was having problems trying to communicate with the team when he first arrived. Its only been couple months since he joined the British team.
After hearing a few interviews, I find the way he mixes German into his English to be sehr, I mean very, interesting. It’s only little modifying words like “mit” or “sehr” which is the opposite of how Americans tend to talk in a foreign language. For example, if I was trying to talk in German I’d be using all the little words I know and only lapsing into English for tougher words.
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