Trinidad & Tobago's Kenwyne Jones (red jersey) shown in World Cup Qualifying action against the visiting USA on November 17, 2015, in Port of Spain. (Photo: Caribbean Action Images)
ATLANTA -- Atlanta United announced Friday the signing of Trinidad & Tobago international Kenwyne Jones.
The 31-year-old forward had most recently been with the United Arab Emirates’ Al Jazira, where he was on loan from Welsh side Cardiff City since January.
“Kenwyne is a player we have known about and watched for a long time,” said Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra. “He is a big physical forward who can punish you in the air or behind the defense. We’re very happy that the timing worked out and we were able to acquire him during this transfer window.”
Jones has spent the majority of his career in England after being transferred in 2004 from W Connection to Southampton. He eventually went on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, Stoke City and Bournemouth.
With Trinidad & Tobago, the 81-time capped (23 goals) Jones competed in the 2006 FIFA World Cup (2 games, 0 goals) and has appeared in four World Cup qualifying campaigns (33 games, 6 goals). In CONCACAF Gold Cup play, he has four goals, netting twice in both the 2013 and 2015 editions.
“Kenwyne is a well-known player in the region, with top level production and experience in England and for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team,” said Bocanegra. “He is an absolute handful for defenders.”
Jones will join Atlanta United – a new Major League Soccer club that starts play next year -- on August 1 and will go out on loan to an unspecified team until January.