Two U.S. players lift youth titles in Mexico

Northern California product Jonathan Gonzalez, who was in the USA’s U-20 World Cup qualifying squad, started in both legs of Monterrey’s 4-2 aggregate win over Pumas in Mexico’s Clausura U-17 final series against Pumas. Texas product Alejandro Zendejas, formerly of FC Dallas, started for Chivas Guadalajara and scored in its 3-2 aggregate win over Club America in the U-20 final series.

Zendejas played in eight MLS games for FC Dallas in 2015 and started for the USA in the 2015 U-17 World Cup before FC Dallas sold him to Chivas Guadalajara for a reported transfer fee of $500,000. He scored Chivas’ second goal in the 2-1 first-leg win over Club America.

Gonzalez, who joined Monterrey in 2014, was the youngest player in the USA’s 2017 Concacaf U-20 Championship winning squad and made one appearance in the tournament. Gonzalez also played for Monterrey’s U-20s in the Clausura 2017 tournament and captained the U.S. U-18 national team in its runner-up finish at the Slovakia Cup in April.

Zendejas has played one Liga MX for Chivas, a 24-minute appearance last August, and has played in four Copa MX games for the first team.

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