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Mexico Wins Jonathan Gonzalez Battle Against USA

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Mexico wins the battle for Jonathan Gonzalez as he decides to play for the Mexican national team

Mexico City, Mexico – Jonathan Gonzalez has decided to play for the Mexican national team. Although the California-born has played for the USA from the U-14 through U-20 national teams, but is also eligible for the Mexican national team because of dual citizenship thanks to his parents’ heritage.

The Mexican-American midfielder plays for Mexican team Monterrey and was the revelation of the Apertura 2017 tournament. Within a five-month period, beginning with his July 22 debut, Gonzalez played 27 games for Monterrey in Liga MX and the Copa MX. During this time, he’s had the privilege to play alongside international players that play for their national teams. National teams that extend to Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico.

In addition, El Tri is playing a friendly on January 31st against Bosnia-Herzegovina and will likely line him up. Doing so would lock him into Mexico for the remainder of his international career.

Last, Univision Deportes  sources close to the player and the National Selections Commission confirmed the decision of the player. Gonzalez must send a letter to FIFA requesting the unique selection change to be able to represent Mexico.

Unfortunately for the U.S. it still doesn’t have a coach in place and Bruce Arena did not call him up during his last spell with the team. All can change before the friendly in January, and If Mexico calls Gonzalez for the World Cup list. A list that still six months away, which is an entire Liga MX season.