Joevin Martin Jones (born 3 August 1991) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a left back for MLS club Seattle Sounders FC. He also represents the Trinidad and Tobago national team primarily playing as a left-wing back.
Jones’ professional career began with W Connection in his native Trinidad and Tobago, where he made his first-team debut in 2009, at the age of 17. During his time with the Savonetta Boys, Jones won the TT Pro League title twice and the FA Trophy in 2013–14. After his fourth season with W Connection, in 2014, he was loaned to Finnish club HJK Helsinki. Jones later moved to the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
In international football, Jones made his Trinidad and Tobago debut in September 2010, at the age of 19. With the Soca Warriors he has participated in two major tournaments with appearances in the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2013 and 2015). He scored his first international goal in the 2015 Gold Cup and helped Trinidad and Tobago advance to the quarterfinals.
Jones was born on 3 August 1991 in Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago, to parents Kelvin and Merlin. Joevin began playing football at the age of six and attributes his early passion for the sport to his father Bracelets Bangle, who is a former defender for the Trinidad and Tobago national team. During his father’s playing career, Kelvin woke up his three sons, Marvin, Joevin, and Alvin, to train each morning together. In fact, the three brothers consistently evaluate their siblings’ performances following each match and suggest areas for improvement football shirt websites. Joevin began his football education when he attended coaching school from former Soca Warrior player and manager Ronald La Forest.
At the age of 14, Jones attended Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive in Port of Spain, Trinidad and also enrolled in the youth program at TT Pro League club Defence Force. However, after a couple of seasons with the Teteron Boys, Jones decided to switch to the youth program in Couva with fellow Pro League club W Connection. In 2008, playing as left-back, Jones led Mucurapo to the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) North Zone title and the national Intercol Big Five crown. He was also named among the top five best league players along with Mucurapo and future international teammate Kevin Molino.
After spending two seasons in the club’s youth program, Jones made his full professional debut for W Connection of the TT Pro League after making two appearances during the club’s runners-up finish in the 2009 FA Trophy, including a midfield start in the final. In his first league season, Jones cemented a position in the starting eleven, appearing seven times and scoring on two occasions, which were motivation for his first national team call-up in September 2010. After a series of consecutive starts for the Soca Warriors, Jones garnered interest from several clubs in the United States. In February 2011, Jones and W Connection teammate Shahdon Winchester were invited for a trial with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. This was followed with a further two-week trial with Toronto FC. However, the two trials proved unsuccessful and he was ultimately released. Upon his return to Trinidad and Tobago, Joevin was a catalyst in leading W Connection to the club’s fourth Pro League championship finishing the season with ten appearances and two goals. Following the season, Jones helped the Savonetta Boys finish runners-up in the 2012 CFU Club Championship and earn a place in the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League.
He began the 2012–13 season with the winning goal in the Digicel Charity Shield earning the man of the match award. During the Champions League campaign, he appeared in three matches and scored a goal in a 3–2 defeat to Xelajú in Couva. Afterwards, he went on to enjoy a breakout season with W Connection leading the club with ten league goals and 19 goals in all competitions, including his first career hat-trick as a professional in a 5–2 win against Police. In February 2013, Jones had another unsuccessful trial with Toronto FC during their pre-season. On 26 April, Jones scored two goals against Caledonia AIA en route to the Savonetta Boys topping their 2013 CFU Club Championship group to secure consecutive trips to the CONCACAF Champions League.
Jones was named team captain prior to the 2013–14 season and changed from the number 36 jersey in favour of number 10. In the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League, Joevin made appearances during the Savonetta Boys’ first three group stage matches. However, on 22 September, Jones and W Connection teammate Daneil Cyrus competed in a minor league match featuring for Jones’ hometown team of Carenage. As a result, Jones and Cyrus were suspended by the club and did not travel with the team to Houston for the club’s final match against the Houston Dynamo. A week later, the club’s disciplinary committee stripped Jones as team captain, assessed a fine of one month’s salary, and serve a retroactive two match suspension. Joevin returned to help the Savonetta Boys win the TOYOTA Classic and FA Trophy crowns and was later named Pro League Player of the Month for November/December 2013. Joevin later had a two-week trial in Italy with Udinese shortened due to a “lack of dynamism required to compete at the Serie A level.” Afterwards, Jones returned to lead W Connection to the club’s fifth Pro League title and finish the season as runner-up to the Golden Boot with 14 goals – his most Pro League goals in a season.
On 1 September 2014, prior to the next season with W Connection, Jones agreed to join HJK Helsinki of the Veikkausliiga on a short-term loan for the remainder of the 2014 season. Three weeks later, Joevin made his league debut for HJK against IFK Mariehamn after coming on for Mika Väyrynen in the 69th minute. He made a further five starting appearances for the club in the final six matches of the season in route to the club winning the 2014 Veikkausliiga title and qualification for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.
On 3 December 2014, Jones signed with Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire on a one-year contract. Joevin made his league debut in the season’s opening match, on 6 March 2015, starting in the back-line for the Fire in a 2–0 loss to the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center. In his third consecutive start at left-back, Jones recorded his first assist of the season after setting up Harry Shipp in the 29th minute, which proved to be the lone goal for the Fire in a 2–1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes boys in football socks. On 4 April, Joevin scored his first goal for the Chicago Fire after making a run into the Toronto FC penalty area and sliding a Shaun Maloney pass into the lower right corner for the match’s opening goal.
In his first match after leading the Soca Warriors to the quarterfinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jones recorded his second assist of the season, on 22 July, during a 3–1 win over Orlando City SC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In his first season in Major League Soccer, Jones made 28 league appearances and 31 in all competitions for the Fire having scored one goal and recording two assists.
On 14 January 2016, Jones was traded from the Chicago Fire to Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for the 15th overall draft pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and general allocation money. Since Jones’ preferred number 3 shirt was worn by United States international full-back Brad Evans, Joevin opted in favor to wear number 33 instead. A month later, Jones made his debut for the Sounders in a 2–2 draw against Club América during its quarterfinals first leg of the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League. After a steak of matches playing as a left wing-back, Jones made a substitute appearance as a winger and scored his first goal for the Sounders in a win against D.C. United on June 1. Two weeks later, he scored a stoppage-time goal in a win over Kitsap Pumas during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Jones has represented Trinidad and Tobago on various levels of international competition, having been capped for the under-20, under-23 Olympic team, and the Trinidad and Tobago national teams.
In November 2010, Joevin made his debut for the under-20 team starting two matches in defence with Sheldon Bateau and Akeem Adams during their qualification for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. During the continental tournament, he made two starts in a goalless draw to Cuba and in a 5–0 loss to Mexico. Although Trinidad and Tobago did not qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the Soca Warriors participated in the Pan American Games in October 2011, where Jones started in every match for the under-23 team. He made five additional starts during the under-23 team’s unsuccessful qualification attempt in November 2011 and March 2012 for the Summer Olympics in London.
Jones made his full international debut for the national team on 7 September 2010, at the age of 19, in a match against Panama coming on as a second-half substitute for Aklie Edwards at left-back. Jones went on to play in six consecutive matches for the national team before selection in the squad’s qualification attempt for the 2010 Caribbean Cup. His appearance streak continued for an additional two matches before a suspected calf injury kept him out against Haiti. Jones made his return in the Soca Warriors’ first match of the 2010 Caribbean Cup against Cuba. After appearing for the national team in September 2010, Jones enjoyed an active role in the team finishing the year with eleven appearances.
After not featuring during the national team’s disappointing qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Joevin made his international return in a friendly match against Finland on 22 January 2012. However, after missing out on another friendly against Antigua and Barbuda a month later, he again returned on 15 August in a loss to Canada. In November and December 2012, Jones helped lead the national team through qualification and a runners-up finish in the 2012 Caribbean Cup to qualify for the country’s first CONCACAF Gold Cup in six years.
In the build-up to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jones started in friendlies against Belize and Peru in March 2013. He also started in consecutive losses to Romania and Estonia in June and July, respectively, during the national team’s first visit to European soil since the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. After the Gold Cup draw, Trinidad and Tobago entered Group B along with El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras. Based on his performances in the previous friendlies, Joevin was named in the final squad for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup on 28 July.
Jones started at left-back in the Soca Warriors’ first group match against El Salvador. He struggled to provide accurate passing throughout the match. However, with Trinidad and Tobago needing a goal, Joevin provided the long ball in the 73rd minute that set-up Kenwyne Jones’ goal to secure a vital draw for the Warriors. He also started in the match between Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. Jones showed a definite improvement compared to his group match against El Salvador providing numerous overlapping runs and several crosses into the penalty area. However, in the 60th minute, Jones suffered from a late sliding tackle resulting in an ankle injury and an early second-half substitution. In the final group match between the Warriors and Honduras, Jones returned from injury and made his third consecutive start in the backline. Trinidad and Tobago went on to win the match 2–0 and advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2000. However, Jones did not take part in the 1–0 loss to Mexico due to a hamstring injury prior to the quarterfinal match.
Following a successful performance during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jones did not travel with the team to Saudi Arabia for the 2013 OSN Cup as he received a break from international duties to recover from fatigue. However, after being stripped as W Connection’s captain and subsequent club suspension for competing in a minor league match on 22 September 2013, Jones was dropped from the national team for the Soca Warriors friendly match against New Zealand the following month. Jones was reinstated to the national team for a pair of matches against Caribbean rivals Jamaica and made a start in the return match in Port of Spain on 19 November 2013.
On 4 June 2014, Jones started in midfield in a 3–0 loss during a send-off series match for Argentina at Estadio Monumental prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, he was a second-half substitute replacing Ataullah Guerra for the Soca Warriors in a 2–0 loss to Iran in Arena Corinthians.
On 9 July 2015 Jones scored his first international goal in a group match of the tournament versus Guatemala. On 15 July on the last play of the last group match against Mexico, he delivered a well-placed corner kick, despite being pelted with garbage by Mexican fans. Yohance Marshall headed the pass into goal, tying the score at 4-4 and securing first place in group for the Soca Warriors.