Jonathan Gonzalez is not guaranteed a spot on Mexico’s 2018 World Cup roster
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The Jonathan Gonzalez saga ended this Monday as the 18-year-old Mexican-American midfielder pledged his allegiance to the Mexico national team. It was unclear if Gonzalez was going to play for the country of his birth or the country of his origin and he decided to go with the country of his origin and play for El Tri.
The California native did represent the United States at the youth stage up to the U20 level but this did not impact his decision. A big deciding factor may have ultimately been the opportunity to play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup but Gonzalez certainly does not have a place secured on Juan Carlos Osorio’s roster.
The 18-year-old had a breakout rookie season for Monterrey in the Apertura 2017 tournament from a holding midfield position. Gonzalez had beaten out experienced midfielder Jesus Molina for a starting role in the team but the competition for a midfield spot in El Tri is much more competitive than one on Rayados.
Andres Guardado, Jonathan Dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Jesus Duenas, Erick Gutierrez and Orbelin Pineda are some of the players Gonzalez will have to compete with for a spot on Mexico’s World Cup squad. Not to mention, that Juan Carlos Osorio seems to be very comfortable with starting Diego Reyes in a defensive midfield role as well.
The Mexican-American player will be called up for Mexico in an upcoming friendly in San Antonio at the end of the month. Gonzalez will need to shine in this match to get the attention from the Colombian manager and most importantly continue with his consistent performances in the Liga MX.