T&T left footed international footballer Joevin Jones has been re-signed by US Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders from German Second Division club, SV Darmstadt 98.
The 27-year-old Carenage-born Jones was resigned for a US$150,000 transfer fee payable in January 2020 with the Sounders using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) on Jones, who will officially be added to the club’s roster pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.
Acquired from Chicago Fire ahead of the 2016 season, Jones spent two years in Seattle before he signed a free agent deal with Darmstadt in January 2018.
He recorded three goals and 19 assists in 74 regular season and playoff appearances with the Sounders, helping the club win MLS Cup 2016 and appeared in the final again in 2017.
The return of Jones to the club was one of two big moves made by Seattle Sounders at the transfer deadline on Tuesday night, with a new face in the centre back Xavier Arreaga who joins from Ecuadorian side Barcelona SC, the other.
Arreage will count as a Designated Player on Seattle's roster, and in order to add him as a DP, Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used to buy down the contract of winger Victor Rodriguez.
Commenting on the signings, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a news release, "We’re constantly looking to improve our squad, and today (Tuesday) we’ve brought in two players — a new face and a familiar face.”
Arreaga, 24, had been playing for Barcelona, an Ecuadorian Serie A club team. The centre back has good size and could help protect the Sounders against injuries along the back line, especially because Chad Marshall, a three-time MLS defender of the year, likely is nearing the end of his career.
Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer didn’t comment directly on the reports of the signings at practice Tuesday. But he did add insight to how players of Jones and Arreaga’s calibre could help Seattle wade through current injuries to key players and upcoming international competitions where six players could be called up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.
Lagerwey in a team statement added. "We needed to get younger at the centre-back position, and we think Xavier is a player who gives us a good long-term solution. Additionally, we wanted to give ourselves another versatile option in the attack, and Joevin is a player we know well and are confident can come in and help us right away."
"We welcome the return of Joevin, as he comes back to Seattle with some good experience from his time in Germany," said Sounders VP of soccer & sporting director Chris Henderso
"Joevin is a versatile left-footed player that initiates attacks through skilful technique and combinations. After having very good success as a setup man in his first stint in Seattle, we look forward to seeing him contribute again."
Jones, who has made 71 appearances for T&T left the club when his contract expired after the 2017 season, signing with Darmstadt in the German second tier. With the club he made 44 appearances over the last season and a half, adding six goals and four assists.