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Jones excited about Seattle switch.

Trinidad and Tobago Midfielder Joevin Jones says he excited about his new move to Seattle Sounders in the American MLS but he is saddened that he has to leave a city that he had become attached to.

Jones was Seattle’s 15th overall SuperDraft pick on Thursday. The 24-year-old former W Connection player made 28 appearances in his lone season for Chicago. He scored his first MLS goal in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC.

“I’m excited about this move,” Jones told TTFA Media on Thursday.

“But I’m just a bit down knowing that I have to go to a new city and settle with new people especially after I had settled in Chicago and I grew to like the city.. But that’s part of it and it’s the life of a professional footballer.”

Jones will now be teaming up with American forward Clint Dempsey and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins who has in the past played with Inter Milan, Newcastle, Birmingham City, VFL Wolfsburg and has 38 appearances for Nigeria, also appearing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“I’m looking forward to a good season and playing alongside Martins and Dempsey. These are two strong players and I think the squad will be a formidable one for the coming season. They have a good record and I will be looking to help them achieve more success this season,” said the Carenage-born player.

Jones also spoke about the upcoming year for the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

“It’s a huge year for us. Obviously I am still disappointed about now qualifying for the Copa America. But we have a lot to look forward to in 2016. The first aim is to get six points in the two games against St Vincent/Grenadines in March and start looking ahead to the final round. It will be anything but easy but I think we have the ability to get back on the right footing and enjoy a solid year on the international stage,” Jones added.