Jonathan Gonzalez informs US Soccer of decision to play for Mexico

Monterrey midfielder and United States under-20 worldwide Jonathan Gonzalez has reportedly chose to represent Mexico and could make his debut for the national team later this month.

Last, Univision Deportes sources close to the player and the National Selections Commission confirmed the decision of the player.

Gonzalez, 18, was born in California and has played for USA youth national teams from the under-14 to under-20 levels but has yet to play for the senior team despite enjoying a breakout year for his club in the Mexican league, where he helped Monterrey win the Copa MX and was named to the Liga MX Apertura Best XI.

Gonzalez, 18, had represented the United States at the youth level since U17 while also playing for the U20 team. Gonzalez told Soccer America's Mike Woitalla in late December: "I wasn't called in, in November".

The Mexican-American midfielder plays for Mexican team Monterrey and was the revelation of the Apertura 2017 tournament.

"I wasn't called in, in November", Gonzalez said.

While Gonzalez played for the US in Concacaf qualifying, he did not go the U-20 World Cup finals in South Korea. "Personally, nobody came and talked to me and let me know about that friendly". It will need FIFA's approval for Gonzalez to play for El Tri. Though unlikely, he could be in the mix for a spot at the 2018 World Cup for Mexico, which the US failed to qualify for.

According to Univision, Gonzalez must file for a representation switch with Federation Internationale de Football Association, and Twellman said he "will be called up" for the friendly fixture against Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 31.

Osorio said in an interview that he sees Gonzalez not as a holding midfielder, where he plays for Monterrey, but instead in one of the more attacking central midfield roles in a 4-3-3 formation.

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