MEET COBI JONES
Cobi Jones is a true Southern California sports legend, scoring the first goal in Los Angeles Galaxy club history and maintaining the title of the longest standing member of the MLS dynasty. LA’s “original Cobi”, spent 15 seasons with the Galaxy as both a player and coach from 1996 – 2010, with his #13 being the only number in club history to be retired.
In March 2007, Jones announced that his 12th season of MLS would be the final campaign of his long and distinguished playing career, staying on with the Galaxy as an assistant coach beginning with the 2008 season. He was the assistant coach for the club for three seasons, helping guide the Galaxy to the 2009 MLS Cup Final.
Jones is the only player in MLS history to have played each of the first 12 seasons with the same team, having joined the Galaxy in March 1996. The club’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, Jones scored 70 goals and added 91 assists 306 career regular season games.
A 2011 US Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and the CONCACAF representative for the 2010 World Cup Draw in Germany, Jones is a two-time MLS Cup winner (2002 and 2005) with a storied international career with the US Men’s National Soccer Team. A permanent fixture from 1992- 2004, Jones played in three World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002).
He amassed 164 caps for the US, representing the country more than any other male player in history, scoring 15 goals and 22 assists, which are the second most in the National Team record books. Jones was a member of the 1992 US Olympic Soccer Team.
After representing the U.S. at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Jones went on to play overseas in both Europe and South America, spending time with Coventry City of the English Premier League and Brazilian side Vasco de Gama.
A native of Westlake Village, Calif., Jones played college soccer at UCLA, leading the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA Championship. Enshrined into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2002, Jones finished his college career with 23 goals and 37 assists in 90 games.
2012 took Cobi off the field and in to the broadcast booth where he continues to be the lead analyst for the LA Galaxy with Spectrum SportsNet. One of the foremost knowledgeable soccer minds in the country, Cobi is also an analyst with the Pac-12 Network, covering men’s D1 college soccer. You can also catch Cobi on Fox Sports covering US Men’s National Team games, the Guinness Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, the Gold Cup, MLS, among other tournaments. In 2014, Cobi was a leading voice for BeIn Sports FIFA World Cup coverage. In 2012, Cobi joined NBC the network’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
Jones, considered to be one of the best soccer players the United States has ever produced, works closely with youth soccer organizations around the country, including AYSO and was he inducted in the Cal South Hall of Fame in 2009. His charitable nature has lead him to work with the US Soccer Foundation, AmericaSCORES, Grassroot Soccer, Cycle for Survival and the Mia Hamm Foundation.
Jones also works closely with the U.S. Department of State as part of the Sports Envoy and has done several ambassador trips to various countries including Myanmar and Brazil. He was named by President Barack Obama to be part of the Presidential Delegation to attend the 2014 and 2015 Men and Women’s FIFA World Cup Finals. Today, he continues to work with the LA84 Foundation and was named to the athlete advisory committee to the LA2024 Olympic Bid Committee.
Jones was given the distinguished honor of being named to the “Who’s Who in Black LA” list. University California Merced also recognized him with their “Cobi Jones Male Student Athlete of the Year Award” going to the top standout collegiate player.
An entrepreneur, Jones is a partner in a fashion line called Asaf Ganot, a luxury men’s brand inspired by athletics. He is also an owner in SlapItOn, an amateur/youth sports decal company.
Jones and his wife Kimberly, who reside in Los Angeles, are parents to sons Cayden and Cai.