Revolution send Jermaine Jones to Rapids in sign-and-trade

The U.S. international will suit up for the Rapids after serving a six-game suspension to kick off the MLS season.

Jermaine Jones has been looking for a new club, while the Colorado Rapids have been eyeing an offseason splash. With two days to go before the 2016 MLS campaign kicks off, the two parties came together to find a solution.

The Rapids announced the signing of Jones on Friday night, acquiring the U.S. international from the New England Revolution for general allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2017 draft.

Colorado has used targeted allocation money to help pay Jones' contract, meaning he will not be classified as a designated player.

"Jermaine's record for club and country speaks for itself," Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said in a news release. "He has the ability, versatility, experience and leadership skills to improve our young side. We are excited to have him join us in Colorado."

Jones will serve a six-game suspension to kick off the season after he made contact with referee Mark Geiger during the Revolution's playoff loss to D.C. United in October.

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The 33-year-old, who has compiled 58 caps with the U.S. national team, will sit out two World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala later this month because his suspension will ban him from all competitive matches until April 13.

Jones has been in limbo since his contract with the Revolution expired after the 2015 season. The veteran had publicly expressed frustration with New England's contract offer, as well as the suspension that limited his options abroad.

The Rapids, meanwhile, have been linked to a host of big names this offseason, including Carlos Vela, Alan Pulido and Tim Howard. ESPN reported last week that Howard is set to join Colorado in July.