Trinidad and Tobago international football star Joevin Jones will play his football in Germany from January 2018, after the Seattle Sounders wing- back agreed a move to second tier outfit, SV Darmstadt 98, last week.
The 25-year-old Jones, who is the Soca Warriors’ joint highest scorer in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with three goals, becomes a free agent at the end of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
He moved to the United States in 2015—after a stint with Finland champions, HJK Helsinki—and spent his first season with Chicago Fire before moving to Seattle, whom he helped to win the 2015 MLS Cup.
Darmstadt, who are referred to by their fans as “Die Lilien” or “The Lilies,” are managed by former German international and Toronto FC midfielder Torsten Frings. Frings took over the struggling Bundesliga club last season but could not save them from relegation to the second division.
He made Jones an immediate part of his plan to return to the top flight although the Lilies will wait six months to acquire the Warriors stand-out for free. The Trinidadian will be contracted to Darmstadt until 2020.
“We are very happy that Joevin has chosen the Lilies,” said Frings, in a team release. “He was an absolute favourite of us, who we would rather have in our team today than tomorrow and will help us immediately after his arrival.”
Jones, for his part, described the pending move to Germany as “a big step” in his career which he intended to grab with both hands.
Trinidad and Tobago has been represented in Germany before as Travis Mulraine, Evans Wise and Jamal Gay all had stints there. Wise is the only player from the two-island republic to feature in the Bundesliga, where he made nine appearances with SSV Ulm 1846 in the 1999-2000 season.
At present, Jones is the toast of the MLS and looks en route to a record-breaking season as he closes in on the record mark for assists from a defender.
The former W Connection player and East Mucurapo schoolboy has nine assists as a left wing-back, which is four shy of the record set by Chicago Fire defender Diego Gutierrez in 2000.
Like Gutierrez, who was born in Colombia but represented the United States, Jones is primarily a midfield player who has made good use of his versatility.