Former USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones announces retirement

The 36-year-old played 18 professional seasons with clubs in Germany, England, Turkey and the United States but has now called time on his career

Former U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones has announced his retirement. 

The 36-year-old, who most recently played for the LA Galaxy in MLS last season, confirmed his retirement with a post on Instagram. 

Jones emerged as a midfield force early in his career, spending several seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt and then Schalke in the Bundesliga. 

The Frankfurt-born player earned three caps for Germany early in his career, but was able to switch to the United States due to his father's American citizenship. 

Jones would go on to become an integral part of the U.S. national team, earning 69 caps between 2010 and 2017.

He scored four goals for the U.S., most memorably a long-range strike against Portugal in the 2014 World Cup.  

Following the 2014 World Cup Jones moved to Major League Soccer, where he would play for the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids in addition to the Galaxy.

"After 18 years I say good bye," Jones said on Instagram.

"I have a clear vision, after I had a couple of months to concentrate on what comes next!!! THANKS to all my teammates, coaches and clubs who stuck with me & believed in me through all of the years.

"And a special thanks to all the fans who supported me all the way. See you all soon."

Jones' retirement marks the second former U.S. national team star to call it quits in as many weeks, after Clint Dempsey hung up his boots last week. 

The 36-year-old has been taking coaching certification classes, signaling his intent to go into management following his playing career. 

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