Updated June 28, 2021
DeJuan Jones at a Glance:
- Third-year pro was selected by New England with the 11th-overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
- In first two seasons, made 38 regular season appearances and 27 starts, with five additional starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
- Has featured primarily at outside back with additional appearances in the midfield.
- Recorded 16 goals and 14 assists across 75 career appearances for Michigan State, earning back-to-back Second Team All-Big 10 Conference selections.
- Led Michigan State to the College Cup Semifinal in 2018 and the College Cup Elite Eight in 2017.
- A native of Lansing, Mich., and a decorated high school player named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Soccer in 2015.
MLS CAREER: Currently in third MLS season since being selected 11th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft…Career totals include 48 regular season appearances, 37 starts, two goals and two assists...Has made five additional appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs, all of them starts, with one assist over 445 postseason minutes…In 2021, has started all but one game and recorded one goal and one assist.…Made 18 appearances, including 13 selections to the Starting XI, in 2020…Totaled 1,468 minutes played as a rookie across appearances at left back, right back, and in the midfield.
2021: Has started 10 of the team's first 11 games at left back to open the 2021 season...Contributed one goal and one assist...(4/17) at CHI: Started and played 89 minutes in the season opener…Issued a red card for denial of obvious goal-scoring opportunity in second-half stoppage time…(4/24) vs. DC: Served one-game suspension for red card…(5/1) vs. ATL: Returned to the starting lineup and played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win…Marked 40th career appearance…(5/8) at NSH: Registered 30th career start…(5/12) at PHI: Notched first assist of the season on Teal Bunbury’s go-ahead goal in the 1-1 draw...(6/23) vs. NY: Scored second MLS goal and named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week.
2020: Made 18 regular season appearances, with 13 starts, and totaled 1,134 minutes played in second MLS campaign…Started all four postseason games at left back en route to the Eastern Conference Final, contributing one game-winning assist…Also played seven minutes as a substitute in MLS is Back Round of 16 match on July 25 at Philadelphia…(2/29) vs. MTL: Started and played 82 minutes at left back in season opener...(7/21) at TOR: Started at left back in clean-sheet performance…(9/27) at DC: Started and played all 90 minutes in shutout win…(10/3) vs. NSH: Notched another clean sheet with 90-minute outing at left back…(10/7) vs. TOR: Recorded career-best three shots, all on target…(10/11) at NYC: Eclipsed 2,000 minutes played in MLS…Postseason: (11/20) vs. MTL: Recorded first MLS Cup Playoffs assist, the game winner on Gustavo Bou’s 95th-minute strike, in the Play-In Round…(11/24) at PHI: Played 90 minutes and helped secure clean sheet in 2-0 win in Round One…(11/29) at ORL: Started at left back in 3-1 Conference Semifinal win…(12/6) at CLB: Started and played 85 minutes in Eastern Conference Final.
2019: Made 20 regular season appearances, with 14 starts, in rookie season after being selected 11th-overall in the first round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft…Totaled 1,296 minutes played, featuring at left back, left midfield, and right wingback…Added one postseason start, playing 90 minutes at left back…Also played 72 minutes in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round win at New York on June 11…Signed MLS contract on Feb. 25 ahead of the start of the MLS season…Re-signed by New England following the season on Nov. 15, 2019…(3/24) vs. CIN: Made professional debut as a second-half substitute…Played 12 minutes at right wing back…(3/30) vs. MIN: Tallied first career assist in first professional start in the 2-1 win…Played 90 minutes in left midfield…Recorded two shots including one on target…(4/27) at SKC: Scored first career goal, cleaning up a rebound following a saved penalty attempt…Started and played 88 minutes in left midfield in the 4-4 draw…(5/4) at PHI: Started and played 45 minutes in left midfield…Registered one shot on target…(5/18) at MTL: Named to bench of MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after playing 55 minutes as a substitute in a 0-0 draw…Registered two shots, one shot on target, one chance created, 46 touches, and an 88.2 pass completion percentage…(5/25) vs. DC: Played 90 minutes in first career start at left back in the 1-1 draw…Led team with nine possessions gained…(6/2) at LA: Made a second consecutive start at left back and played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win…(6/29) vs. HOU: Started and played 90 minutes at left back in the 2-1 win…(7/17) vs. VAN: Played 90 minutes at left back in the 4-0 victory…(8/24) vs. CHI: Played 90 minutes at left back in the 2-1 win…Marked first start since July 17…(8/31) vs. TOR: Played 90 minutes at left back for a second straight match in the 1-1 draw…(9/21) vs. RSL: Recorded two shots and helped the team to a clean sheet in the scoreless draw…Postseason: (10/19) at ATL: Played 90 minutes at left back in MLS postseason debut.
COLLEGE CAREER (MICHIGAN STATE): Played four seasons at Michigan State and emerged as a regular starter during junior and senior seasons…Finished collegiate career with 16 goals and 14 assists across 75 appearances…Recognized with Second Team All-Big Ten Conference selections in 2017 and 2018…As a senior in 2018, registered five goals and five assists in 22 appearances—all starts…Led team to the 2018 College Cup Semifinal…Finished second among Michigan State players in scoring as a junior after submitting single-season career highs in goals (seven) and assists (six)…Helped the Spartans to the 2017 College Cup Elite Eight…Tallied two goals and two assists in 14 appearances, with one start, as a sophomore in 2016…Made 19 appearances in freshman campaign, logging seven starts with two goals and one assist.
PERSONAL: Born in Lansing, Mich. …Appeared in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd on May 19, 2015 and was named Michigan's Gatorade Player of the Year...A three-year varsity letter winner at East Lansing High School from 2012-14...Also a three-year All-Conference, All-Area, All-District and All-Region honoree...Two-time Lansing State Journal player of the year...All-State Dream Team following junior season...As a senior, participated in the High School All-America Game, was named Mr. Soccer of Michigan, and recognized as an All-American…Recognized by the State of Michigan House of Representatives as Mr. Soccer and for contributions to back-to-back state championships...Played club soccer with TNT Dynamite...Led TNT Dynamite to 2011 and 2012 State Cup Finalist and 2013 State Cup Semi-Finalist places...2014 National Super Y Champion with Force FC…Awarded the golden boot for tournament...Father, Demetrius, played football and was a team captain at Western Michigan.