News day / The deal was confirmed yesterday by way of an announcement by the club.

He will join the club on a free transfer in January after signing a pre-contract with Darmstadt.

The 25-year-old former W Connection defender/midfielder will move from American Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders, after arriving in MLS Soccer in December 2014 for his first signing with Chicago Fire.

“This is a big step for me, to move to Darmstadt 98 and to enter German football after the last two and a half years in the American MLS,” said Jones yesterday.

“I am very happy for the chance to prove myself at Darmstadt and I cannot wait to start with the club and help them achieve great things.

He continued, “I would like to thank everyone who has been there for me. I have had a solid and a half two years in the MLS which I have enjoyed and I would like to thank everyone at Seattle Sounders, my teammates and the fans who have supported me.

“Now I am looking ahead to moving onto another chapter in my career and I am looking forward to achieving great things with Darmstadt,” Jones added.

The club manager Torsten Frings stated: “We are very pleased that Joevin has decided to join us.

He is an absolutely dream player and a player that we really wanted to have rather today than tomorrow. We trust him to pick up on his performances in the Major League Soccer and we are sure he is going to help us as soon as he is at Darmstadt.” Frings is a former midfielder with Bayern Munich and played 79 international matches for Germany.

SV Darmstadt were promoted to the German Bundelisga for the 2015-2016 season but were relegated to Bundelisga II last season.

Jones is in the midst of what is shaping up as a record-breaking season for a MLS defender.

He currently has nine assists, as many as any player listed as a defender since Diego Gutierrez logged 13 for the Chicago Fire in 2000.


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