Former LA Galaxy and USMNT star Cobi Jones — now a TV analyst for Fox Sports and local broadcaster Spectrum Sportsnet — remains a prominent figure in the American soccer community. He was an analyst for this summer’s Copa America, an experience he called “enlightening,” and he has worked on the Galaxy’s local broadcast with Spectrum.
Jones also is working on the Let’s Play initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, a foundation dedicated to getting kids to be more active.
"Kids don't start out by being a soccer player, they start out out with a variety of different sports and that starts by getting outdoors," Jones said, via Omnisport.
The all-time leader in caps for the USMNT with 164, Jones noted that Supporters’ Shield winners FC Dallas were his MLS Cup favorites despite Mauro Diaz’s season-ending injury (this is before FCD lost 3-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal).
Also, he pointed to David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco has his top favorites for MVP. Villa was recently nominated as one of the three candidates for the award, but, controversially, Giovinco was excluded from the final three.
As for the United States’ upcoming World Cup qualifier against Mexico, Jones said that he hopes Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe gets a chance to play in the game. In addition, he has expressed hopefulness about the US’s younger players.
"Of course I get excited," Jones told Omnisport. "It's important to build players up from an early age. Pulisic just turned 18, so getting young players in the squad sets up a great foundation."