LA Galaxy decline option on USMNT midfielder Jones in roster purge

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The MLS side enters the offseason with just 12 players under contract for 2018 after a slew of roster moves Monday

The LA Galaxy have declined the contract option on U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, the MLS club announced Monday.

Jones, 36, is set to leave the Galaxy after just one season at StubHub Center, during which he recorded one goal and four assists in 20 MLS matches.

In addition to Jones, the Galaxy declined options on 12 further players: goalkeepers Jon Kempin, Brian Rowe and Clement Diop; defenders Pele Van Anholt, Nathan Smith and Bradley Diallo; midfielders Rafael Garcia, Raul Mendiola and Jaime Villarreal; and forwards Jose Villarreal, Jack McBean and Jack McInerney.

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Defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic, meanwhile, are out of contract at year's end.

Monday's announcement leaves the Galaxy with just 12 players under contract for 2018, representing a substantial overhaul for a club that went a league-worst 8-18-8 this past season.