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Jonathan González – The 18 year-old star who chose Mexico over the US

The failure of the United States to qualify for this year’s World Cup was a huge embarrassment to everybody connected to US Soccer. This week their misery was compounded when the Monterrey midfielder Jonathan González switched allegiances to USA’s big CONCAFAF rivals Mexico.

Born in California to Mexican parents, González has represented USA at youth level, and was viewed by many as the States second best youth prospect behind the Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.

González was given his chance in Monterrey’s team in the 2017 Apertura, playing as holding midfielder in Antonio Mohamed’s 4-3-3 system. González impressed with his ability to cover ground, whilst also being technically sound and a good decision maker in possession.

His performances earned him a place in the Liga MX 2017 Apertura Best XI, and having announced his decision to choose Mexico over the US, the tenacious midfielder will be hoping to force his way into the Mexican national Team for the World Cup.

His all-action style and grounded nature off the pitch means he would be well suited to European Football, and if he continues to produce on the pitch a move to one of Europe’s top Leagues is unlikely to be too far in the future.