RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — With both his current team and his former one on to the World Cup's knockout rounds, Jermaine Jones approached the German players and offered his best wishes.
"I hope that we see us again," said Jones, who also answered some questions in his first language of German afterward.
The fiery U.S. midfielder is among five German-Americans who faced the three-time World Cup champion Thursday. The United States gave the Germans quite a push in a 1-0 loss that still was enough to send the Americans to the round of 16. Portugal's 2-1 victory against Ghana sealed their advancement on goal difference.
Jones played three exhibitions for Germany in 2008 but was among the final cuts by coach Joachim Loew for that year's European Championship.
"It is my first home, Germany, so I grew up hoping for this team," he said. "I try the best for my team."
The son of an American serviceman and German mother, Jones asked FIFA in 2009 for a change in affiliation to join the U.S.
He never could have imagined the scene at water-logged Arena Pernambuco. There was much physical play during a chippy match.
"I think my nose is broken," he said.
Jones was injured in a collision with teammate Alejandro Bedoya. He would be the second American to break his nose during the tournament, after captain Clint Dempsey was hurt against Ghana on June 16.
"We have a team that has a lot of heart, a lot of character," Dempsey said. "We keep going and keep fighting. I'm sure if he did break his nose, just like what happened to me, he'll be ready for the next game."