2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Jones has yet to appear for Philadelphia in his rookie season in regular-season play or in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ... came on as a substitute for the Union in the friendly vs. Swansea City AFC (July 15) ... for Bethlehem Steel FC, Jones has made 28 regular-season appearances (28 starts) at rightback, scoring two goals and adding one assist ... he started the season opener for the team vs. Rochester (April 1) and continued in the starting lineup in each of the team's first seven contests, through the match at Toronto FC II (May 13) ... helped the team in shutout efforts against FC Cincinnati (both April 29 and May 20) and at Toronto FC II (May 13) ... returned to the Steel FC starting lineup for the match vs. Charleston (May 25) and continued there vs. Harrisburg (May 28) and in every Bethlehem match through the contest at New York Red Bulls II (June 16) ... was in the matchday 18 at Harrisburg (June 20) ... returned to the starting lineup vs. Richmond (July 1), scoring his first professional goal on a free kick ... continued in the Steel FC starting lineup vs. New York Red Bulls II (July 9), helping keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win ... scored his second goal of the year on another free kick, at Richmond (July 22) ... continued in the starting lineup vs. Charlotte (July 29) ... missed Steel FC's match at Ottawa (August 5) while serving a red-card suspension ... returned vs. Toronto FC II (August 13) and continued in the starting lineup at Charlotte (August 16) ... registered his first career assist via a free kick to Richie Marquez during a start vs. Louisville (August 20) ... started at Pittsburgh (August 26) and in every Steel FC match since ... prior to the season, he was selected by the Union in the Second Round (33rd overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017 and was officially signed by the club on February 23, 2017.
Jones played for two seasons at Georgia State University before transferring to Clemson University for two additional collegiate campaigns. The Great Yarmouth, England native was Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2014. While at Georgia State in 2013 and 2014, Jones made a total of 36 appearances (35 starts), scoring three goals while adding five assists. He was named to the Dean’s List in the Fall 2013 semester. He transferred to Clemson ahead of the 2015 season, where he would make 39 appearances (38 starts) for the Tigers over two campaigns, scoring four goals and adding seven assists.
Philadelphia Union selected defender Aaron Jones in the Second Round (33rd overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017 and signed him on February 23, 2017.
Name: Aaron Jones
Born: March 12, 1994 in Great Yarmouth, England
Hometown: Great Yarmouth, England
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Acquired: Selected in the Second Round (33rd overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017. Signed on February 23, 2017.
Away from the game, Jones likes to travel, visiting destinations across Europe, South America and the U.S., with Barcelona as his favorite vacation spot. He grew up as a big Arsenal FC supporter, with Thierry Henry as his favorite player as a kid and Alexis Sanchez as his favorite current player. His favorite food is steak. If he weren’t a soccer player, he would like to stay within soccer whether through coaching or as an agent. He speaks some conversational Spanish. He has an older brother named Jamie and a younger sister named Grace.