Jermaine Jones could propel Revs to next level

Jermaine Jones could propel Revs to next level
August 25, 2014, 12:30 pm
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It's going to be a lot easier to keep up with USMNT's Jermaine Jones in the near future.

The New England Revolution have signed the international star Jones thanks to a hot pursuit and a little luck.

Both the Revs and Chicago Fire were in on Jones, with the midfielder agreeing to place on either team - for the right price. The Revs were willing to pay, and after winning the "blind draw" with Chicago (there was a 50-50 chance they'd win) they got their man.

Revs president Brian Bilello spoke with CSNNE's Dalen Cuff about the process.

"We've been interested in Jermaine for a little but of time now," Bilello said. "That became more public somewhere around three weeks ago. But since then we've been working pretty consistently with the league and working through the contract and trying to get everything done. At the end of the day, we were willing and very much wanted to sign Jermaine. The Fire were also willing and wanting to sign Jermaine. So the league had this draw to see which team would get the right to sign him. So we were obviously tenacious and really pushing hard to make it happen. But also a little bit of luck in the end certainly helped."

So, why Jones? Because he's more than just a soccer player. He's a name and face that casual soccer fans ("Not huge on soccer, but I love the World Cup!") can say "ohhhh yeah, I remember him!". He generates two big things: interest and revenue.

Fans have been clamoring for some real talent on this team. They want to see the Kraft family really invest in this Revs team, and not just the Patriots. Jones is the kind of player the Krafts have been waiting for.

Bilello is happy with the talent Jones brings, but a big reason the team was able to do "whatever it was going to take" was because the Krafts saw dollar signs too. That's fine - it's a win-win for everybody.

"I think we looked at it more from the player, what he could do for the team, and then it just became a matter of figuring out what the number was going to be to get him to agree to sign," Bilello said. "For us, we really wanted him. We know he's going to help with a ton on the field and we know off the field fans are going to be really excited. It really was whatever it was going to take to get it done."

There will be a press conference on Tuesday introducing Jones as the newest member of the New England Revolution. He'll get on the field as soon as possible for a team looking to make the playoffs.

People will be more inclined to tune in, and not just Revs fans either. That's a start, and maybe the start needed to take the Revs to the next level - and eventually their own stadium.