Jonathan González's #Mexico debut tonight in 1-0 win vs Bosnia: 33 minutes, 34 touches, 23/27 (85%) passes, 3/3 dribbles, 3 recoveries, 1 tackle. On the ball more, less defensive work than for #Rayados as #ElTri dominated possession. Buena suerte, crack. #MEXvsBIH #USMNT pic.twitter.com/UNBfnL5nrn— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) February 1, 2018
Considering Gonzalez's age and lack of international experience, Osorio said the former U.S. U-20 had a positive outing.
"He was brave in the decisions he made," the former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls coach said. "It is not easy to play in that space between the lines and to fulfill the specific roles we asked of him."
He added that Gonzalez showed he understands the game and the responsibilities that have been placed on him.
"As everyone knows," Osorio said, "he's been extraordinary and has a very promising future."
The irony of Wednesday's game was that Jesus Molina, the player Gonzalez beat out at Monterrey for a starting job last summer, had a strong game in the Mexico midfield in the role Gonzalez plays at Monterrey.
Molina was a late call-up for injured Pachuca midfielder Victor Guzman, the only other uncapped player besides Gonzalez Osorio called up.
Without Osorio's European-based players, the Bosnia & Herzegovina game was a chance for Liga MX and MLS players to make a case for inclusion in the Mexico 23 for Russia.
Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Carlos Vela, who came into camp after one week of preseason with their MLS teams, all played.