USA midfielder Jermaine Jones says he’s ready to “talk to” anyone who wants to hear his story.
Jones’ international career has been one of the most tumultuous in U.S. history.
In 2013, he was sentenced to three years in prison for using an unregistered email account while he was playing for the U.K.’s Under-20s.
Jones returned to the States and earned national team calls in 2014.
He has since been named to the 2017 World Cup squad.
During his time in the United States, Jones was a regular fixture in the country’s youth system, with the likes of Julian Green and Brek Shea being among his peers.
Jones played with the U-18 and U-19 sides during his time with the club, and his time there has helped him hone his craft as a player.
“I think that I have played a lot in my career, and I am definitely a player that wants to go to another country,” Jones said.
“I think I have done a lot for myself and I want to show my support for people like myself that are coming through.”
Jones was named to his first World Cup roster last year after scoring a goal against Spain in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia.
Jones was also a key player for the Under-21 team, leading the team in assists, goals and shots in 2018.
During Jones’ time with U.Y.C., he was instrumental in the club’s growth, playing a key role in the development of both players and the organization.
“As an American, I am just so grateful to be able to play in front of my countrymen and I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to play with the most talented players in the world,” Jones added.
“It has been an amazing journey and I hope to continue that path in the future.”
Jones has spent the last four years playing in England’s Premier League with Aston Villa.
He scored nine goals and registered four assists in the league, while also scoring eight goals in 14 appearances in the Europa League.
Jones has notched four goals and one assist in 11 matches for Villa this season, while scoring one goal in his last five appearances.