UPDATE (May 3, 2018): He’s doing it again.
Joevin Jones left the Seattle Sounders last offseason on somewhat questionable terms, basically going AWOL at one point and apparently upset with how his contract negotiations were handled.
But less than a year after joining 2. Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt 98, Jones is dropping some pretty strong hints that he might want to come back. In comments on two different Instagram posts by Cristian Roldan and Osvaldo Alonso, Jones expressed a desire to play for the Sounders again.
Of course, Instagram comments should not be taken as any sort of official statement and it’s entirely possible that he’s simply joking around, but it does seem to suggest some level of dissatisfaction with his current situation.
A season after his four goals helped Darmstadt to a mid-table — but also 13 points out of the promotion playoff — Jones’ team is looking no closer to the top flight. Darmstadt are currently stuck in 14th place, considerably closer to relegation than they are to promotion.
If the Sounders could figure out how to get Jones back without having to pay much of a fee, it would be a move certainly worth exploring. He’s still just 27, not too far removed from one of the greatest offensive seasons by a MLS full back and would potentially become available around the same time Brad Smith’s loan expires.
Considering the Sounders’ record of bringing back players for repeated stints, this doesn’t seem like the wildest possibility.