||5 ft 7 in
|Date of Birth
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||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Cobi Jones is a former American soccer player and Associate Director of Soccer for New York Cosmos. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1994 until 2007, starting his career in England with Premier League club Coventry City, before playing for Brazilian side Vasco da Gama, and then ending his career with an 11 year spell with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Jones is the all-time leader in caps for the United States national team and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Following retirement, he served as an assistant coach with the former club Galaxy. He is noted at being one of a significant group of American national team stars who returned from overseas to aid the then new Major League Soccer. Jones is currently the all-time leader of the United States in appearances, with 164 caps as of the end of 2004 (scoring 15 goals). He played for the team in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 FIFA World Cups. He was named to the best XI at the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup and won with the national team at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also represented his country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. After playing in the 1995 Copa America he also became a popular player in Latin America, where he is known by the nickname "El escobillon" ("The swab") due to his bleached dreadlock hairstyle and the similar pronunciation of his name, Cobi Jones, and the word "escobillon".
On November 9, 2007, Jones was announced as an assistant coach with the Galaxy under Ruud Gullit. After Gullit's resignation on August 11, 2008, Jones served as the interim head coach until the Galaxy hired Jones's former U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena. In January 2011, Jones left the Galaxy to serve as associate director of soccer with the New York Cosmos.