Jermaine Jones is a German-American football player who plays as a midfielder for Schalke 04 and the United States national team. Jones started his youth career at SV Bonames, moving to FV Bad Vilbel when he was 13 in 1994 and in 1995. He was purchased by Eintracht Frankfurt to play in their academy. He spent the next five years learning and building the quality of his game, and made his first appearance in the Eintracht Frankfurt II team in the 2000–01 season making 25 appearances and scoring eight goals. Jones made 46 appearances for the Frankfurt senior team over two years in the 2001–2003 seasons, scoring seven goals as he was primarily played in the profile of a central defensive midfielder. His good form at the time saw him purchased by Bayer Leverkusen. Jones re-signed for Eintracht Frankfurt on loan barely six months after signing for Bayer Leverkusen. He joined football club Schalke in 2006. On 18 January 2011, he transferred to Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season. He went back to Schalke in 2011. On 4 August 2010, Jones was called into the United States squad for the 10 August friendly against Brazil. On 19 June 2011, he scored is first international goal in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Jamaica.