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DeJuan Jones Discusses USMNT Involvement
“This camp I’m here from the start so you know able to start building some new relationships and chemistry on the field with a lot of the players so I’m happy to be here."
While New England Revolution fans got to witness Matt Turner play for the USMNT in Connecticut, they didn’t get to see current defender DeJuan Jones grace the field.
Jones watched the 3-1 defeat to Germany from the sidelines as Gregg Berhalter didn’t call his name on Saturday. Still, Jones is happy to be with the squad and hopes to get some minutes against Ghana on Tuesday.
“Yeah it’s great,” Jones said regarding the call up. “This camp I’m here from the start so you know able to start building some new relationships and chemistry on the field with a lot of the players so I’m happy to be here. [I] wanted to get in tonight but it wasn’t my night so keep working and hoping to get some time against Ghana.”
Jones has made seven appearances for the USMNT so far in his international career. This most recent call-up was Jones’ fourth with his most recent appearances coming in an international friendly against Oman on Sept. 12, where the outside back tallied one assist as a second-half substitute to help the U.S. secure a 4-0 win.
It appears that the Revolution defender is somewhat involved in Berhalter’s plans as he has been called up twice under the Berhalter regime in 2023. The play of Joe Scally and Sergino Dest against Germany could have Jones in line for some playing time an opportunity to make a statement that he should be in the competition for the starting job.
While the U.S. was unable to secure a victory over the weekend, the crowd support at Pratt & Whitney was remarkable. Jones was impressed with the support from the fans and even had a few calling his name.
“Yeah it was an awesome crowd,” the defender said. “It was really cool to see a lot of Revs fans as well. A lot of people saying ‘DeJuan Jones’ so that was really cool. You know that doesn’t usually happen at U.S. games but to be back on the east coast was pretty cool.”
Revolution fans will be cheering on Jones from afar on Tuesday as the USMNT plays down in Nashville on Tuesday. With a quick turnaround and some shaky play from his fellow outside backs, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jones get his eight appearance in the Stars and Stripes.