Midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez is reportedly going to choose to play for the Mexican Football Federation if any of the team will pick him up, or for the national team of Mexico if they want him.
According to the alleged source by ESPN FC, the 18-year-old is still going through the process to turn professional, including signing on the contract. The source talked on the condition of anonymity, who added that “until the FMF has an official signature we will not declare [the move] official.”
It is not clear if the US Soccer team has sent representatives to talk to California-born Gonzalez to don on the red, white and blue. The coaching staff is finalizing the 30-player lineup for the training camp which will start this month.
He played for the US team under-14 to under-20 levels. On Monday night, however, he is leaning towards playing for Mexico as he wrote, “If I’m called [by the Mexico national team], I’m determined to defend the colors of this country. It would be an honor.”
The US Soccer also received an official communiqué from the rising prospect that he will play for Mexico, said the report. This is part of the process mandated by FIFA for players to switch associations.
While playing for Monterrey in the Latin American football league, Gonzalez showed his skills and catapulted to the starting spot. His club made it all the way to Liga MX finals with the teenager as the starting midfielder but could not get over the hump against the Tigres.
Gonzalez has never shied away from saying that he wants to play for the US Soccer. However, the prospect of playing in the World Cup holds a much bigger allure. It’s an experience that the Americans could not provide to the 18-year-old after failing to qualify this year.