Monterrey teen star Jonathan Gonzalez injured in Copa MX semifinals

Jonathan Gonzalez, the 18-year-old American midfielder considered the top rookie in Mexico's Liga MX, was stretchered off in the second half of Monterrey's Copa MX semifinal against Club America, putting his status for the Rayados' derby against Tigres on Sunday in doubt.

Gonzalez, who has played 15 of 16 games for Monterrey, was in tears as he left the game, but afterwards Monterrey coach Antonio Mohamed said the injury was "muscle fatigue" and was not serious.

Gonzalez was not picked for the USA's game at Portugal, reportedly to allow him to rest up for the Liguilla, the Liga MX playoffs that start in two weeks. He did not play in Monterrey's makeup game against Santos last Thursday.

The Monterrey-Tigres game will decide the Torneo Apertura first place. Monterrey will clinch with a win or tie. Tigres needs to win to overtake the Rayados.

Gonzalez has been aggressively targeted by the Mexican national team to switch allegiances.
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