The only thing that seemed to move quickly during Jermaine Jones' return to MLS was information.
There were frequent updates from the U.S. international's Twitter about which reports were true and which weren't as negotiations with the league sputtered, stalled and roared to life ending with the league announcing Sunday that it had placed the 32-year-old with the New England Revolution after a blind draw.
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But the process didn't vex the midfielder, he said at a news conference Tuesday.
"No, I was OK with that. For a player, you can only look and wait what happened," Jones said. "I always said that there was two teams that want me, and MLS has some different rules than in Europe…now I’m a player for New England, I will do my best for this team."
During the break between the World Cup and his signing Sunday, Jones hung out with a number of celebrities and also spent time with his wife and children in Los Angeles. "If you go too much in that you will make your head crazy," Jones said of the rumors and signing process.
From locker room hellos to training on the pitch. It's all happening! pic.twitter.com/ZDsN10UrI5— NE Revolution (@NERevolution) August 26, 2014
Ultimately, he's ended up with New England, which the league says beat out Chicago in a blind draw instituted because Jones wasn't the kind of player that needed to be sent through the allocation process.
The former Schalke man did note that the time off will have a bit of an adverse affect on his game, but he trained with the Revolution yesterday and is confident he can quickly integrate into the team.
"After that long break it’s not easy to come back, but I will work hard to come back good, in shape," he said. "I watched already that game against Chivas so I know about Lee (Nguyen) and Charlie (Davies) already, I know him. I know a couple of those guys from TV. We have a good team"
"What I’m saying before it’s like more that leadership. I have to be there," he continued. Anyone "who knows me knows I’m not a guy who likes to lose. We have a young team, sometimes maybe I have to kick some young guys in his ass, but only in a good way. [Anyone] who knows me, [knows] I like to win and will try everything that we can to get some wins."
That will be what coach Jay Heaps expects from the veteran with the team sitting just outside of the playoff picture.