Jawn of the Week: Mistaken Identity

The Packers’ Aaron Jones went off in the game, rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Apparently, the Union’s Aaron Jones was getting some love from fans sent his way. That didn’t stop him from having a little fun.

After the game, the Packers’ Aaron Jones saw the tweets and decided to introduce himself as well. There may even be a jersey swap along the way.

View more online: https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/post/b/2017/10/09/jawn-week-mistaken-identity

USL Top Five – Rookies

There are a lot of good potential nominees for Rookie of the Year in Steel FC’s squad, with the likes of goalkeeper Jake McGuire, midfielders Adam Najem and Santi Moar, and forwards Marcus Epps and Chris Nanco among them for the playoff contender. Arguably the side’s most consistent player has been Jones, who leads the team in minutes played and has put in stellar performances on the back line as Steel FC has competed for a first trip to the postseason.

Jones has won a team-high 38 tackles at an 80.9 percent success rate, sits second with 51 interceptions, and has also won more than 55 percent of duels and almost 70 percent of aerial duels. Additionally, the value Jones brings from set pieces has seen him tie for the team-lead with 31 key passes alongside Moar, and also notch a pair of standout goals from free kicks.

View more online: http://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/841152?referrer_id=2333971


Aaron Jones keeps passion for rugby while playing soccer

When Aaron Jones entered high school, he was at a crossroads.

His high school did not have a soccer team. He was already at Ipswich Town Academy, but there wasn’t an opportunity to gain additional minutes. So, he had a choice; play a different sport, or focus all of his athletic attention to Ipswich Town.

While he was still training with Ipswich Town, Jones also chose to play rugby.

“I picked up rugby when I was in high school,” Jones said. “I had never really played it too much before, I had always been into soccer. My school didn’t play soccer at all, which was quite strange in England. But I picked it up, started playing as a fly-half and absolutely loved it.”

Jones played as a fly-half for four years, from Year 7 to Year 11. The fly-half which is one of the most important players on the pitch in rugby, and for good reason. A fly-half must have great vision and quick critical thinking skills. They must be quick on their feet, both in speed and agility, and be able to dodge and absorb contact. And perhaps the most important aspect of a fly-back is they must have expert kicking skills.

It’s easy to see why Jones took to the position.

“I realized I was actually pretty good at it,” Jones said. “As a fly-half, a No. 10, you end up kicking a lot of points. Conversions, trying to kick for touch and get in good field position for your team, so that was pretty much my duty for the team. I always took set pieces. I didn’t realize there was quite a bit of tactics involved. Different players you can throw in. It’s a thinker’s game, it’s not just brute strength and just beat each other up. I really ended up enjoying it as a fly-half.”

View more online and check out the interview: https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/post/b/2017/09/07/aaron-jones-keeps-passion-rugby-while-playing-soccer

Steel outlast Junior Reds in Bethlehem

The most complete game from Bethlehem Steel FC all year. Full stop. After a big win over Charleston and an even bigger draw against Charlotte, Brendan Burke didn’t even mention Toronto FC II’s standing in the Eastern Conference all week in preparation for a difficult match. Toronto didn’t make it easy, at all. Some absolutely stunning distribution from the backline of Matt Real, Hugh Roberts, Auston Trusty and Aaron Jones was the highlight for Steel in the first half. The chances were ruined by some questionable offside calls, but Bethlehem kept plugging away. Their best chance was right before stoppage time when Adam Najem fought off two defenders (a feat for him in and of itself) before hitting the far side post of Angelo Cavalluzzo’s goal.

View more online: https://www.brotherlygame.com/2017/8/15/16147090/2017-usl-match-recap-bethlehem-steel-fc-3-toronto-fc-ii-1

Aaron Jones scores first professional goal for Bethlehem Steel FC

Bethlehem Steel FC had a free kick in the 51st minute of the team’s match against Richmond Kickers. Trailing by a goal and about 25 yards out, it was the chance to strike. And boy did the team strike.

Aaron Jones rifled a shot off the free kick, going upper 90 into the top left corner. The Kicker keeper didn’t have a chance. It was his first professional goal, and tied the match for Steel FC.

View more online: https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/post/2017/07/02/aaron-jones-scores-first-professional-goal-bethlehem-steel-fc