Mexico’s Jonathan Gonzalez Feels Like He Has Turned His Back on the United States

Jonathan Gonzalez with U-20 U.S. Men's National team. Photo by John Dorton/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

Monterrey’s midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez was close to becoming another young star of United States men’s national soccer team, which would help to bring back the joy for soccer fans in the U.S. after USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup. But, Gonzalez decided to take another route and filed a request to play for Mexico despite previously being part of all U.S. youth teams.

Speaking with JUGOtv, Gonzalez said that the move feels like he has turned his back on the United States.

“Your father going to the U.S. in search of a better life. And you’re just pretty much turning your back and coming back over here to Mexico,” – Gonzalez told JUGOtv.

“It’s not easy knowing that I always saw myself as playing in the U.S.,” – he added. “But now that I’m in Mexico, I feel like I’m pretty much home.”

Jonathan Gonzalez expressed his wish to represent the U.S. as a senior in the past, but after USMNT’s failure in the World Cup qualifiers, Mexico used to opportunity to convince the 19-year-old into switching allegiance. Gonzalez made his debut for Mexico’s national team in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, which ended up being his only appearance to date. He also missed out on being a part of Mexico’s 2018 World Cup roster and is currently playing for Mexico’s U21 team.

You can check out his JUGOtv’s video featuring Jonathan Gonzalez below.