Report: Jonathan Gonzalez will make switch to play for Mexico

UnivisionDeportes.com reported that 18-year-old Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez will request a switch of association from FIFA that will allow him to play for Mexico instead of the USA.



The request is necessary because he played for the USA in Under-20 World Cup qualifying in 2017.



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.

18 comments about "Report: Jonathan Gonzalez will make switch to play for Mexico".
  1. Fidel Colman, January 8, 2018 at 5:50 p.m.

    US Soccer's loss is Mexico's gain (and a big one!) 

  2. Tim Tobin, January 8, 2018 at 6:14 p.m.

    Took a U17 spot and a U20 spot from someone else....then leaves. I'll assume Tim Weah will do the same. Who is next?

  3. Wooden Ships, January 8, 2018 at 8:22 p.m.

    I don’t blame Jonathan one bit, was probably a difficult decision. It is reasoned and sound. If people want to find fault you really need not look any further than the disarray and embarrassment that is the USMNT. 

  4. Right Winger replied, January 9, 2018 at 2:53 p.m.

    Ships US Soccer has continually by passed quality talent and will continue to do so until they get their act together.  For someone to say this kid took up two spots on other national teams and then moved on is really short sighted.  He took up two spots because he deserved those two spots.  What he does to better his career is his business.  If we missed him shame on us and its our loss.  I am telling you there are a lot more just like him out there and it will continue to come back and haunt US Soccer.  I wish this kid the best no matter where he plays.  He will make the game and himself better.

  5. Wooden Ships replied, January 9, 2018 at 9:48 p.m.

    Fanfor, we’ve both known this to be true for many, many years. Decision makers have held a tight hold on membership into their group. The faux, or pseudo soccer people. This upcoming election and eventual naming of a new USMNT manager could be liberating or an even stronger circling of the wagons. If I could, Wynalda would get my vote and I’d like to see Hugo lead the USMNT.

  6. Ginger Peeler, January 8, 2018 at 9:21 p.m.

    WS, you’re so right!!! We did nothing to show him how valuable he was to us! Of course he chose Mexico! They’re the ones who have stood by him since he was 14. Maybe if we had, at least, discussed the Portugal game with him? All we had to do was reach out to him. But we couldn’t be bothered. I hope he is incredibly successful in all that he does. He has worked for every bit of it!

  7. Ric Fonseca replied, January 8, 2018 at 11:29 p.m.

    >Ginger and WS:  You are both very spot on!  This is but yet another example of what has been happening to players such as Jonathan: The likes of the Sueno Program (led/organized by Brad Rothenberg) to others scouring the US for talent of Mexican heritage, getting them a small contract with promises of grandeur in Liga MX, and then having folks cry crodile tears into their beers by losing these/those talented players speaks volumes of the folks in the hierarchy of US Soccer/MLS/ and other groups that have and paid allegiance to US Soccer, is indeed pathetic.  Not even had the decency to call him up, a cheap smart-phone call or a visit (like supposedly T. Rongen's conducted when he was a "scout" to B. Aerna) to his home, is more than just pathetic insulting, it is outright ignorant and very, but very xenophbobic in the surfance and overly sad.  As someone else said, more power to the Mexican Soccer Federation, and lots and lots of pathetic mea culpas to the USMNT and US Soccer.  

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, January 8, 2018 at 11:40 p.m.

    Apparently with the lack of a new coach, the MNT is in limbo. No excuse. Blaming a recent failure to communicate regarding the Portugal match is too easy. That was simply the last of a long string of failures.

    Even while Arena was coach, his responsibilities were very narrow. Apparently no one has been responsible for development of the MNT player pool since Klinsmann was fired. USSF has too much politics and not enough soccer.   

  9. Ginger Peeler replied, January 9, 2018 at 11:26 a.m.

    Oops! Sorry, guys, for the multiple postings...I was having trouble with my iPhone (obviously)!

  10. Ric Fonseca replied, January 9, 2018 at 3:43 p.m.

    As a person of Mexican descent, a naturalized US citizen thereby with dual citizenship, I am glad that the player has selected Mexico.  However, I RESENT Rongen's assumption that it was just because his father "is so Mexican (sic)" that he opted for the Mexican National Team.  This comment is so pathetic and overly xenophobic and in my humble opinion, Rongen was so ignorant to note that yes, maybe he's still "too young: to make a sound decision, that he listened to his father. Would Rongen say that about Pulisic or another player, Latino, European, African or Asian? If possible I'd like to have Rongen submit an apology to Jonathan's father.  

  11. Wooden Ships replied, January 9, 2018 at 9:56 p.m.

    That’s a good observation Ric, along with an apology how about a resignation. If this guy thinks and feels this way, how in the hell is he representing our National team. Hugo for Manager.

  12. R2 Dad replied, January 9, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.

    Ric, you're right about Rongen. I think his response was just a way to cover up for the fact that the USSF dropped the ball. Herc Gomez says the USSF has only 1 full-time scout. ONE! Alianza has a dozen. Is it any wonder all this talent is falling through the cracks. The reality is that US Soccer doesn't value that type of player. They didn't know what to do with El Gringo, they wouldn't have known where to play Jona. "He's not 6'-0" tall so therefore he can't play dmid like our hero Michael Bradley." *puke*

  13. Ginger Peeler, January 8, 2018 at 9:21 p.m.

    WS, you’re so right!!! We did nothing to show him how valuable he was to us! Of course he chose Mexico! They’re the ones who have stood by him since he was 14. Maybe if we had, at least, discussed the Portugal game with him? All we had to do was reach out to him. But we couldn’t be bothered. I hope he is incredibly successful in all that he does. He has worked for every bit of it!

  14. Ginger Peeler, January 8, 2018 at 9:21 p.m.

    WS, you’re so right!!! We did nothing to show him how valuable he was to us! Of course he chose Mexico! They’re the ones who have stood by him since he was 14. Maybe if we had, at least, discussed the Portugal game with him? All we had to do was reach out to him. But we couldn’t be bothered. I hope he is incredibly successful in all that he does. He has worked for every bit of it!

  15. Ginger Peeler, January 8, 2018 at 9:21 p.m.

    WS, you’re so right!!! We did nothing to show him how valuable he was to us! Of course he chose Mexico! They’re the ones who have stood by him since he was 14. Maybe if we had, at least, discussed the Portugal game with him? All we had to do was reach out to him. But we couldn’t be bothered. I hope he is incredibly successful in all that he does. He has worked for every bit of it!

  16. Ginger Peeler, January 8, 2018 at 9:21 p.m.

    WS, you’re so right!!! We did nothing to show him how valuable he was to us! Of course he chose Mexico! They’re the ones who have stood by him since he was 14. Maybe if we had, at least, discussed the Portugal game with him? All we had to do was reach out to him. But we couldn’t be bothered. I hope he is incredibly successful in all that he does. He has worked for every bit of it!

  17. beautiful game, January 9, 2018 at 8:59 p.m.

    The USMNT coaching staff is in disarray and lacks a player charting system in order to keep track of top quality talent. It's communication system was tatters in mid-2000s and needs a rehaul.

  18. Ric Fonseca, January 10, 2018 at 11:51 p.m.

    R2D2:  You are very spopt on re: Herc Gome'z point that US Soccer has only one scout, and perhaps I can add that it is possibly Juan Carlos Michia, who has been doing this now at least for the past 20 years, maybe even going back to the early '90s when we had LASCA.  I can say that then USSF did try to increase the number of scouts, - paid them per diem, plus transportation, but I can tell you that it wasn't more than as few as twenty and not more than thirty. As for Alianza, this outfit was actually "born" after WCUSA, and headed by Brad Rothenberg (Allan Rothenberg's oldest son) who built this out an idea that was first proposed by members of LASCA (then the Latin American Soccer Coaches Association of america) and eventually got its founding through some connections, and other corporations, BUT as for having a "dozen scouts (sic)", not really, rather their program runs only for a short time each years, is well publicised in the Spanish language media (video and print) and then send the dates and locations to the LIGA MX teams who in turn send in their own paid scouts, or enlist "local" scouts in the Latino communities who in turn spread the word.  If possible try and attend a session or two in your area, but don't worry, they'll let you in, though I wouldn't be surprised if they charged admission.  And lastly, in danger of beating a dead topic on this, Alianza, is what it is,: a money making organization and of course they're also exploiting the Jonathans, and Juanitos, and Marios, and I am sure they get a cut from a LIGA MX team that may sign a player, such as is POSSIBLY Jonsahtan;'s case.  Hast Luego Amigos, PLAY ON!!! 

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