Time's almost up for Jones 

April, 2, 2010

Last month, Jermaine Jones got his first taste of life as a U.S. national teamer. The injured Bundesliga midfield star didn't pull on one of those snazzy new jerseys, but his meet-the-Yanks visit in Amsterdam couldn't have gone more smoothly.

He fit in so well, in fact, that it appeared Jones -- who has an American father and a German mother, but grew up in Germany -- would be included in Bob Bradley's World Cup roster if he managed to get any meaningful action for league-leading Schalke this season.

To read about Jones' chances of overcoming his shin injury to play in the World Cup, plus the latest on Bob Bradley's other midfield options and Jozy Altidore, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.