Having had his switch of
association from the USA to Mexico approved by FIFA, 18-year-old Californian Jonathan Gonzalez
was called up by Mexico for its friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina Wednesday at the
Alamodome in San Antonio.
Gonzalez was one of 23 players called in by Coach Juan Carlos Osorio
. Since the game is a friendly played outside of the FIFA calendar, only players based
in Liga MX and MLS (which is in preseason) were called in. Carlos Vela
from Los Angeles FC and Giovani
and Jonathan dos Santos
from the LA Galaxy were invited.
Gonzalez, who helped Monterrey win the first phase of the Torneo Apertura and Copa MX, is the youngest player called in and one of two uncapped players along with Victor Guzman
His decision to switch from the USA to Mexico after playing for the USA at the way through its youth national system dominated the news in recent weeks. In particular, it called into question
how much U.S. Soccer worked to keep him and the workings
of the national team program in the aftermath of the USA's exit from the 2018 World Cup. Mexico Roster:
Rodolfo Cota (Guadalajara), Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Gibran Lajud (Tijuana). Defenders:
Nestor Araujo (Santos), Hugo Ayala (Tigres) Cesar Montes (Monterrey),
Jesus Gallardo (UNAM), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres). Midfielders:
Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey),
Orbelin Pineda (Guadalajara), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca), Victor Guzman (Pachuca), Elias Hernandez (Leon). Forwards:
Carlos Vela (LAFC), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Javier Aquino
(Tigres), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Alan Pulido (Guadalajara), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara), Henry Martin (Club America).