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Blackburn loanee Jones delighted to open USA account

FC Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones was over the moon after getting his first international goal for the USA on the weekend.

The 29-year old, who had an impressive spell with Blackburn Rovers during the second half of last season, netted a 20-yard volley in the 49th minute to help the US to a 2-0 win over Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals on Sunday and he was happy to open his account in such an important game.

"The first goal you score with the national team is special, and even more so that it was a very important goal for us tonight. I'm very proud of that, and I hope a few more will come," he said.

And German-born ones dedicated the strike to his father who served in the US military.

"It was my way of giving my father a little gift on Father's Day. He was a soldier, so I thought it was a nice sign of respect," he added.

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