Live Q&A Recap: Jermaine Jones on Culture, Training and Coaching

The leg­endary for­mer U.S. soc­cer star joined Hudl for a live Q&A, where he dished on his play­ing career and its lessons for cul­ture build­ing, play­er devel­op­ment and coaching.

Live Q&A Recap: Jermaine Jones on Culture, Training and Coaching

The leg­endary for­mer U.S. soc­cer star joined Hudl for a live Q&A, where he dished on his play­ing career and its lessons for cul­ture build­ing, play­er devel­op­ment and coaching.

In a live Q&A mod­er­at­ed by ris­ing coach­ing star Troy McKerrell, the for­mer U.S. Men’s National Team star talked about the lessons he’s learned from his play­ing career that he applies as a coach. And, of course, we rem­i­nisce about his icon­ic World Cup goal …

JJ Q&A from Hudl on Vimeo.

Jones on Building Culture

11:00 — The best cul­tures of his play­ing career

Jones called Schalke 04, where he played with stars like Raul, the best atmos­phere and team chem­istry of his well-trav­eled career. He explains why, and also dished on his first taste of Champions League action fac­ing the icon­ic Galacticos” of Real Madrid.

14:25 — Is it the play­er or the coach that cre­ates the culture?

As you go high­er and work with more tal­ent­ed play­ers, Jones notes, the trick­i­er it gets keep­ing every­body on the same page.

Jones on Training

16:10 — The men­tal side of training

While he doesn’t do men­tal train­ing at all”, Jones knows it’s valu­able to play­ers — as long as they start at a young age.

18:15 — Mental train­ing from the streets”

Jones talks about his upbring­ing in the Bonames dis­trict of Frankfurt, Germany, and its influ­ence on his development.

22:20 — No cones to work with. Just the streets.

With such an over­whelm­ing amount of at-home train­ing videos so read­i­ly avail­able at your fin­ger­tips, Jones was asked what he did in his spare time grow­ing up. He recalls his expe­ri­ences play­ing in the streets, with­out any fan­cy equipment.

27:00 — Differences going from Bundesliga to the English Premier League to MLS.

The most notice­able dif­fer­ence Jones noticed when he arrived on loan to Blackburn Rovers? The speed of the game in England, per­pet­u­at­ed by the coach­ing styles of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. As for MLS? Nothing against the league, he says, but it was just easier.

Jones on Coaching

32:40 — How Jones’ play­ing expe­ri­ence shaped his coach­ing career

Jones dish­es on lessons from play­ing for coach­ing greats like Felix Magath, Joachim Low, Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann, and some tac­tics he’s bor­rowed from his friend Jurgen Klopp.

36:50 — Favorite mid­field­ers? The grit­ty ones.

Asked about whether he’d want to coach mid­field­ers to play the same way he did, Jones said he’d pre­fer to look for some­one to be the guy who makes the dirty work.”

41:45 — Criticisms of the US Soccer coach­ing system

As some­one who’s held coach­ing licens­es in both Europe and the US, Jones is crit­i­cal of the American approach, which he feels is forc­ing only one style of play. He also says that all the dra­ma” around youth soc­cer makes no sense.”

51:00 — Advice for youth: Find out who you are 

Jones was asked what youth ath­letes can be doing at this time to improve? Have pas­sion for the game, he said, try to learn what kinds of styles are out there, and don’t try to imi­tate Cristiano [Ronaldo] because Cristiano is a dif­fer­ent person.”

54:20 — What Jones would change about MLS

While he says MLS Commissioner Don Garber is amaz­ing”, Jones says that a lack of rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion is hin­der­ing the league’s abil­i­ty to get better.