Californian Jonathan Gonzalez wins Liga MX title with Monterrey

Monterrey won the Liga MX title with a PK tiebreaker victory after the second leg of the Apertura 2019 final against Club America ended the series 3-3 on aggregate. The 20-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez, who didn't see action in Liga MX postseason play, started four of Rayados' regular season games and came off the bench for one.

Argentine Rogelio Funes Mori, who spent time in the FC Dallas youth system, scored Monterrey's goal in the 2-1 second-leg loss and provided the spectacular last-minute gamewinner in Monterrey's 2-1 first-leg win.

In between Monterrey's quarterfinal and semifinal wins over Santos Laguna and Necaxa, Los Rayados finished in third place at the FIFA Club World Cup. Gonzalez played the full 90 in the Club World Cup quarterfinal win over Al Sadd, was a late sub in the 2-1 semifinal loss to Liverpool, and went the distance and scored in the shootout in the third-place game win over Al Hilal.

Five days after it concluded its Club World Cup run in Qatar, Monterrey played the first leg of the Liga MX final series and on Sunday won its first La Liga title since 2010, and its fifth overall.

Gonzalez, who played for the U.S. youth national teams from the U-14 through U-20, is no longer eligible to represent the USA. He switched to Mexico in 2018 after helping Los Rayados finish Liga MX runner-up and win the Mexican Cup -- and being named to the 2017 Liga MX Best XI. He appeared in six games (starting five) in Monterrey's run to the 2019 Concacaf Champions League title, which qualified it for the Club World Cup.

Since debuting in July 2017 for the first team of Monterrey, the club he joined as a 14-year-old after connecting via 2013 Sueno Alianza, he has played 89 games for Monterrey in official competition.

Club America's loss prevented it from adding to its record 13 titles (one more than Guadalajara). Its most recent titles came with the Apertura 2018 and Apertura 2014 crowns. Current Monterrey coach Antonio Mohamed was at Club America's helm for the 2014 title win.

Mohamed coached Monterrey when Gonzalez made his debut in 2017, left Rayados in 2018, and after stints with Spain's Celta and Argentina's Huracan returned to Monterrey in October of this year. He replaced Uruguayan Diego Alonso, who is expected to be named the Inter Miami head coach on Monday.

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