DeJuan Jones

DeJuan Lytelle Jones (born June 24, 1997) is an American professional footballer who plays as a winger for MLS club New England Revolution.

DeJuan Jones
Jones playing for the New England Revolution during the 2019 season
Personal information
Full name DeJuan Lytelle Jones
Date of birth (1997-06-24) June 24, 1997
Place of birth Lansing, Michigan, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 24
Youth career
2011-2014 East Lansing High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Michigan State Spartans 76 (16)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Myrtle Beach Mutiny 8 (4)
2018 Lansing United 9 (5)
2019– New England Revolution 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 10, 2019

Personal life

DeJuan Lytelle Jones was born on June 24, 1997 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. Jones attended Dwight Rich School of the Arts, located in Lansing, Michigan, from kindergarten through sixth grade. After finishing sixth grade, he transferred to MacDonald Middle School located in East Lansing and was there for seventh and eighth grade and moved on the East Lansing High School which is where he graduated after completing ninth through twelfth grade. After graduating from East Lansing High School he accepted a scholarship to attend Michigan State University to continue his academic and athletic career.

High School career

Prior to playing collegiately at Michigan State University, Jones was a four-year letter winner in soccer at East Lansing High School. During his junior and senior seasons he led the trojans to a combined 50-4 record en route to winning back-to-back State Championships. Throughout the seven game playoff run his senior season, Jones netted 9 goals and tailed 12 assists which included the game tying assist and game winning overtime goal in the 2014 State Championship against Cranbrook Schools Jones was named both the Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Soccer for the state of Michigan in his senior year while attending East Lansing High School

College career

Jones played for four seasons at Michigan State, and was captain of the Spartans team that reached the semifinals of the 2018 College Cup.[1] He was named to the second team in the Big Ten Conference, alongside future Revolution teammate Justin Rennicks, and started all 23 of their games in 2018, tallying 5 goals and 5 assists. He scored 7 goals and had 6 assists the season prior, as a junior, and was named to the second team in the Big Ten that season as well. Jones performed well at the MLS Combine ahead of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, placing first in the combine's speed and agility tests, and third in the vertical jump.[2] After scoring a goal in a scrimmage that day, his draft stock rose from being picked late in the first round, to as high as sixth overall on multiple mock drafts.[3]

Club career

New England Revolution

Jones was selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution, the club's second selection of the draft, after Tajon Buchanan.[4] After playing a full preseason with the Revolution, Jones signed a contract with the club on February 25, five days ahead of their season opening fixture.[5] Named in the match-day squad for the first two games, Jones did not make his debut until the Revolution's fourth game, at home to expansion side FC Cincinnati on March 24. Jones replaced left-back Edgar Castillo towards the end of the match as the Revolution tried to overcome a two-goal deficit, the game finishing 2–0. On March 30th, 2019 Jones made his first career start for the Revolution. He recorded two shots, including one shot on goal and the game winning assist en route to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota. He currently is second on the team in assist for the 2019 season.

References

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