Jermaine Jones declined an invitation to play for the US national squad citing his Bundesliga priorities after a protracted injury lay off.
Jones had this to say to those looking forward to his debut:
"I would like to thank Bob Bradley and the U.S. federation greatly for my first official invitation," Jones said in a prepared statement. "It is an honor that I have been working towards for over a year, and while I initially felt like I was ready to make my first appearance, it is also extremely important to me that I am 100 percent fit for my first national team game and that I make a good impression on the manager and my teammates. I hope to receive another invitation and finally fulfill my goal of playing with the U.S. national team in the very near future."
In his place, Omar Gonzalez gets a call up and in a surprise, Jozy Altidore was also included - a striker for a holding midfielder is a bit strange. Plus with Altidore's future unsettled at Villareal, his priority would be to find out the whereabouts of his next destination, rumoured to be the Turkish Super Lig.