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Littlefield On Sports: Mankin Leaves Patriots, Jones Joins The Revolution05:33
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New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) takes on New York Giants outside linebacker Michael Boley in 2011. (Winslow Townson/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) takes on New York Giants outside linebacker Michael Boley in 2011. (Winslow Townson/AP)

A couple of trades this week have left New England sports fans with mixed emotions.

Tuesday, the New England Patriots traded Logan Mangins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in what coach Bill Belichick called "one of the most difficult [decisions] we will ever make."

The 32-year-old has spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the Patriots and made a big impact not only as a player, but as a leader on the team. Many players are saddened by his departure.

But in positive news for New England sports fans, the New England Revolution is getting a fresh face and a powerhouse: Jermain Jones. Many soccer fans remember his performance on the U.S. team in the World Cup, especially his game-tying goal against Portugal in June.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

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  • "The signing of Jones was preceded by all sorts of rumors: he preferred to play for the Chicago Fire; he was going to return to Europe; some country somewhere else might be in the mix. When asked about all that, Jones denied everything, shrugged, and said that everyone should remember he’d been on vacation with his family, and he’d let his agent sort out the opportunities."

This segment aired on August 27, 2014.

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