By Andres Roberto-Bexar Co. Foot

For 90+ minutes Jermaine Jones appeared to be the strongest piece in the midfield for the US against Venezuela in an international friendly on Saturday in Phoenix, AZ in preparation for the qualifying stages to Brazil 2014.

His inclusion to the squad was merely weeks after being sentenced to an eight game suspension received from the Bundesliga for violent conduct during a German Cup match.

Jones, who plays for Shalke, received scrutiny after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach where he allegedly stomped on midfielder Marco Reus. The referee did not notice the incident but upon further review by a disciplinary panel a “grave misconduct” charge was filed.

The suspension included six Bundesliga Matches and two Europa League ties but did not exclude him from international competition.

Some reports have surfaced that Klinsmann was rewarding a player who was suspended for violent conduct by bringing him into the national setup and handing him the captaincy. There is some fear that this sets a precedent that a players conduct will not be considered when given a leadership role on the national team.

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