Former U.S. youth international and current Monterrey midfielder, Jonathan González, has decided to represent the country of his father in Mexico. Much speculation surrounded this decision, but on Monday, January 8, Jonathan made it official that he will go through a one-time switch from the United States to Mexico.
The decision is a pretty big deal, as Jonathan emerged this previous season for Liga MX runner-up Monterrey. He was put in a difficult spot covering the midfield on a talent stacked squad. However, Jonathan was a major blessing for Monterrey, doing beyond what was asked of him.
He finished the season with nearly 80% passing completion and 27 total interceptions. He was all over the place for Monterrey and he was building his name quickly, not only in Mexico but the U.S., as well.
Granted his performance in the final of the Liga MX championship was somewhat mediocre, he gained the respect of both the American and Mexican football federations. With the United States failing to qualify for Russia 2018, the opportunity for Mexico to commit Jonathan to a switch was never better.
Juan Carlos Osorio now has his chance to use Jonathan in an experimental game this month against Bosnia Herzegovina. Along with a handful of other young Mexicans, this will be a great opportunity to see what Mexico’s domestic youth can do on the pitch together.
For the United States, this is a huge blow. Not only will they be losing out on the World Cup, but Jonathan González may be the first of many to represent Mexico in the upcoming years.
Mexico, on the other hand, will have to handle this situation correctly, giving Jonathan a chance at a World Cup spot, but more importantly, letting him know he is in the plans for future needs like the Gold Cup and Olympics.
Welcome to El Tri, Jonathan.