Jermaine Jones in action for the US vs. St. Vincent & the Grenadines
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Jermaine Jones prepared to wait for preferred contract offer, in MLS or abroad

CARSON, Calif. – Jermaine Jones still isn't sure where he'll be playing club soccer in 2016, but he says he's not particularly concerned about that.

The German-born midfielder says he's concentrating on the US national team's January camp in Southern California and that things will work themselves out one way or another as he seeks a place to play.

“Right now, I don't really make my head crazy about that,” Jones, when asked where things stood, told MLSsoccer.com this week as the US team began workouts at StubHub Center. “I try to be focused here with the national team, but, of course, I always say I would be happy to go back to New England or find another MLS team who value my quality.

“I think I have a lot to offer for teams, especially [in] MLS and New England. I showed it already, but I will wait. Now is not the time to get crazy or something. I'm focused here with the national team, and we'll see what comes.”

Jones made 34 league appearances, playoffs included, in a season and half with the Revolution, playing a pivotal role in their march to the 2014 MLS Cup title game, in which they lost in overtime to the LA Galaxy. He said in November that he wanted a contract longer than the 18-month deal he initially signed with the Revs and that he had received offers from Europe and Brazil.

He's facing a lengthy suspension in MLS after charging referee Mark Geiger to complain about a call during New England's Knockout Round loss to D.C. United in late October, an incident in which he received a second yellow card and then made contact with Geiger as he continued to argue.

“I'm open for everything,” he said this week. “But right now, it's still too fresh. The league is not starting here in MLS [until March], then I have the six-game suspension, so I have to sit down a little bit and wait. But I will say what I said before: I'm really happy to go back to New England, or play for another team in MLS, but that, of course, only with the kind of respect and value [owed to me], that we find the right decision, the right contracts.”