Jermaine Jones will not be riding to the rescue of the Fire this season.
The Fire lost their bid for the U.S. men’s national team star in a blind draw with the New England Revolution conducted by Major League Soccer on Sunday.
Jones was subsequently awarded to Revolution and was signed as a Designated Player on Sunday.
The outcome left Fire coach Fran Yallop “deeply disappointed” after early hopes that the 32-year-old German-American could help lift struggling Fire in a stretch drive this year and provide a building block for the future.
"The Chicago Fire Soccer Club has pursued Jermaine Jones as a free agent signing over the past month and a half, and have gone to great lengths to bring him into Major League Soccer and our organization,” Yallop said in a statement released late Sunday afternoon. “We thought that he'd be a great fit in Chicago,” said Yallop.
“We respect the system employed by MLS and wish Jermaine well with his new club.”
Terms were not disclosed. Jones is expected to be introduced on Tuesday at Gillette Stadium.