Si me consideran, estoy decidido a defender los colores de este país. Sería un honor— Jona (@jgonzalezz25) January 8, 2018
Following a breakout Torneo Apertura season during which he helped Monterrey reach the Liga MX final as No 1 seed and win the Copa MX, Gonzalez was named to the Liga MX Best XI, quite an accomplishment for a player so young in a league dominated by veterans.
Gonzalez, whose parents are Mexican, made the decision after Dennis te Kloese, the director of Mexico's national teams who has worked for years recruiting Mexican-American players for Mexican clubs and national teams, visited Gonzalez at his home in Santa Rosa, California, over the holidays.
While Gonzalez played for the USA in Concacaf qualifying, he did not go the U-20 World Cup finals in South Korea. He would not have been tied permanently to the USA until he played for it at the senior level in an official match.
He wasn't picked for the Portugal-USA friendly in November. Gonzalez told Soccer America's Mike Woitalla in late December: "I wasn’t called in, in November. Personally, nobody came and talked to me and let me know about that friendly. I just wasn’t called in."
Since the game in Portugal was a friendly, it would have not tied him to the USA. Since its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, its next official game won't be until next fall when the new Concacaf national team competition is expected to start.
Mexico is slated to face Bosnia-Herzegovina January 31 at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It will need FIFA's approval for Gonzalez to play for El Tri.