2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Jones made 12 appearances (eight starts) at central midfield during his first full season with the Union ... he started the club's opening match at Vancouver (March 5), becoming the first-ever player to complete the "Path to the Pros" by appearing for the Union Academy, Bethlehem Steel FC and the first team ... Jones continued in the starting lineup for the club's home opener vs. Toronto FC (March 11) and in every Union match through the contest vs. Portland (April 8) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. New York City FC (April 14), but did not appear ... made substitute appearances at central midfield vs. Montreal (April 22), at LA Galaxy (April 29) and vs. New York Red Bulls (May 6) ... received a call-up by the United States National Under-20 team to participate in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea ... during the U-20 World Cup, Jones made a first-half substitute appearance in their Group Stage opener, vs. Ecuador (May 22), helping the USA record a 3-3 draw ... started the team's second Group Stage game, vs. Senegal (May 25), a 1-0 win for the Stars & Stripes ... continued in the starting lineup for the USA to close the group stage, vs. Saudi Arabia (May 28), where a 1-1 draw ensured a Group F victory for the team ... missed the Round of 16 match vs. New Zealand (June 1) through yellow-card accumulation ... started in the Quarterfinals vs. Venezuela (June 4) ... missed the Union matches from the clash at D.C. United (May 13) through the contest at NYCFC (June 3) while with the USA U-20s ... returned from National Team duty and started for the Union against the New York Red Bulls (June 18) ... served a one-match red card suspension against D.C. United (June 24) ... started vs. New England (July 2) and at Sporting KC (July 6) ... came on as a substitute in the friendly vs. Swansea City AFC (July 15) ... missed the matches at Montreal (July 19), at Columbus (July 22) and vs. Columbus (July 26) after suffering a concussion ... started in the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game, playing all 90 minutes in the match (August 1) ... was in the matchday 18 at Minnesota (September 9) ... came on for a substitute appearance vs. Seattle (October 1) ... was in the matchday 18 at Chicago (October 15) ... made two appearances (two starts) for Philadelphia in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, scoring one goal ... started at central midfield and scored his first competitive goal for the Union in the Fourth Round win over Harrisburg (June 14) ... again started at central midfield in the Round of 16 at the New York Red Bulls (June 28) ... for Bethlehem Steel FC, Jones made 11 regular-season appearances (11 starts) at central midfield, scoring one goal ... started at Harrisburg (April 15), vs. Orlando City B (April 23), vs. Charlotte (July 29), vs. Toronto FC II (August 13), at Charlotte (August 16), vs. Louisville (August 20), at Orlando (August 31) and in every Steel FC match through the contest at Toronto (October 6), in which he scored his first goal of the season ... started Steel FC's playoff match at Louisville (October 22).
2016 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Jones signed with Bethlehem Steel FC to start the 2016 campaign from the Union Academy, becoming the club’s first-ever signing. He made a total of 26 USL appearances with Steel FC, scoring five goals. On July 27, 2016, Jones signed an MLS contract with Philadelphia as a Homegrown Player.
Jones holds dual citizenship with the United States and Ghana, but has appeared with the United States U-20s, appearing in friendlies in late 2016. His debut for the team came on October 5, 2016 against Germany. After receiving clearance by FIFA to participate in official matches, he was named to the final USA squad for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, held in South Korea. He made a substitute appearance in the USA's first Group Stage match, vs. Ecuador (May 22), helping the team to a 3-3 draw. He started in the second Group Stage match, vs. Senegal (May 25), a 1-0 win. Continuing in the starting lineup for the final Group Stage match, vs. Saudi Arabia (May 28), Jones helped the USA win Group F following a 1-1 draw. He missed the Round of 16 match against New Zealand (June 1) through yellow-card accumulation, but returned to the starting lineup in the Quarterfinals vs. Venezuela (June 4).
Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on July 27, 2016
Name: Derrick Jones
Born: March 3, 1997 in Bantama, Ghana
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Citizenship: United States, Ghana
Acquired: Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on July 27, 2016