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Ex-United States midfielder Jermaine Jones retires from soccer after 18 years

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Former United States international midfielder Jermaine Jones has retired from professional soccer after an 18-year career.

The 36-year-old Jones, who made 69 appearances for the U.S., announced the news via social media on Friday and confirmed his plans to ESPN FC shortly after.

"After 18 years I say good bye. I have a clear vision, after I had a couple of months to concentrate on what comes next!!! THANKS to all my teammates, coaches and clubs who stuck with me & believed in me through all of the years," the former Germany youth international wrote on his Instagram account ahead of the U.S.'s friendly with Brazil.

"And a special thanks to all the fans who supported me all the way. See you all soon!!! Good luck for the game today."

Jones, who has citizenship in both the U.S. and Germany, earned his first USMNT cap in an October 2010 friendly against Poland.

He went on to make 68 more appearances for the national team, participating in a World Cup, one CONCACAF Gold Cup and a Copa America tournament.

Jones began his professional career at Eintracht Frankfurt then enjoyed spells at Bayer Leverkusen, Frankfurt, Schalke, Blackburn and Besiktas before joining the New England Revolution in 2014.

He spent the remainder of his professional career in the U.S., moving to the Colorado Rapids and then the LA Galaxy before having his option declined by the Galaxy at the end of the 2017 season.

After leaving LA, Jones joined the Premier Development League's Ventura County Fusion in July of 2018 and made just one appearance for the club.

His announcement comes more than a week after U.S. teammate Clint Dempsey abruptly retired from the Seattle Sounders and the national team.

Dempsey, 35, played professionally for 15 years, including seven years in the Premier League for Tottenham and Fulham in between MLS stints with the New England Revolution and the Sounders.

ESPN FC's U.S. correspondent Jeff Carlisle contributed to this report.

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