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New England Revolution sign U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones

(Jamie McDonald/Getty Images file photo)
(Jamie McDonald/Getty Images file photo)

U.S. star midfielder Jermaine Jones signed with the New England Revolution of MLS. 

The Revolution got Jones after the league conducted a blind draw. 

Jones signed his deal Sunday, which pays him $4.7 million through the 2015 season, according to ESPN. 

The Chicago Fire were also interested in Jones, but lost to New England in the draw. 

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  • "Jones, as a designated player of a certain threshold, was not subject to allocation ranking for dispersal to an MLS team," the Revolution said in a statement. 

    "The Revolution and Fire expressed an interest in Jones, and had the available salary budget and a designated player slot to accommodate him. Following a blind draw between the two clubs, Jones was assigned to the Revolution." 

    Jones, 32, has played in 46 matches for the U.S. He scored a goal against Portugal in the World Cup. 

    "I'm very excited to come to MLS and join the Revolution," Jones said in a statement. "New England is an exciting team on the rise, and I believe I can come in and help the team make a push toward MLS Cup. 

    "Playing with the U.S. national team has given me a great connection with the American fans and I'm looking forward to playing in front of them every weekend. I'm ready to get started with the Revs." 

    Jones last played for Besiktas in Turkey on loan from Schalke in the German Bundesliga. He became a free agent at the end of last season. 

    "When we learned that he was interested in signing with MLS, we immediately informed the league of our interest," Revolution operator Jonathan Kraft said in a statement. "He is a dynamic player and is certain to have a tremendous impact on our team and in our community. We look forward to his many contributions." 

    The Revolution will introduce Jones on Tuesday.

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