Jonathan González (footballer, born 1999)

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Jonathan González
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Alexander González Mendoza[1]
Date of birth (1999-04-13) April 13, 1999 (age 20)[1]
Place of birth Santa Rosa, California, United States[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 25
Youth career
2008–2014 Atletico Santa Rosa
2014–2017 Monterrey
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Monterrey 60 (1)
National team
2014 United States U17 3 (0)
2015–2017 United States U18 16 (1)
2017 United States U20 2 (0)
2018 Mexico U21 4 (0)
2018– Mexico 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:15, March 24, 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 22, 2018

Jonathan Alexander González Mendoza (born April 13, 1999) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liga MX club Monterrey.

Playing for various youth levels of the US national soccer team, he made a one-time switch to the Mexico national football team in January 2018.

Club career[edit]

González signed for Mexican club C.F. Monterrey in 2014. He played for the youth teams until he was promoted to the first-team in 2017.[4]

On 21 July 2017, González made his senior professional debut for Monterrey in their opening match of the 2017–18 season against Monarcas Morelia.[5] Concluding at the first half of the season, he would go on to be included in the Ideal Eleven of Apertura 2017.[6] At the end of the 2017–18 season, he was given the Rookie of the Year Award from Mexico's Balón de Oro.[7]

International career[edit]

Born in the United States to Mexican parents,[8] González holds U.S. and Mexican citizenship, making him eligible to represent both the United States and the Mexico national teams.[9] González has represented the United States at several international youth levels ranging from the under-14 to the under-20 side, including the under-17 side. In January 2018, however, he reportedly communicated his desire to represent Mexico at senior level.[8][10] On January 24, 2018, González received his one-time switch from FIFA, clearing him to play for Mexico.[11]

On January 31, 2018, González made his debut appearance for Mexico in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, coming in as a substitute for Elías Hernández at the 57th minute.[12]

On May 22, 2018, he was called up for the Mexico U-21 side that would participate at the 2018 Toulon Tournament in France.[13] He would go on to start in all group stage matches and the semi-final but did not appear in the final where Mexico lost 2–1 against England due to an injury.[14]

Despite having a one time switch to the Mexico national football team, Gonzalez did not receive a call up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[15]

Style of play[edit]

Thomas Harrison of described González as "A technically proficient midfielder, who’s displayed a decent eye for a pass, Jonathan usually plays in a “number six” role as a deep-lying playmaker in a three-man midfield. However, he can use his talents in a more advanced midfield role, or as part of a double-pivot in a two-man midfield. "[16]

Tom Marshall of ESPN wrote about González, "There's no petulance or talking back to the officials, but there is an aggressive (in a good way) and incessant motor looking to break up the opposition's play and distribute correctly when on the ball."[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 March 2019[18]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Monterrey 2017–18 Liga MX 37 0 7 0 0 0 44 0
2018–19 18 1 3 0 3 0 24 1
Career total 55 1 10 0 3 0 68 1






  1. ^ a b "MEXIQUE". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mexico targeting U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez".
  3. ^ "Jonathan Alexander González Mendoza". Liga MX. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Eskilson, J.R. (February 15, 2014). "U.S. YNT mid signs with Monterrey". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "Morella vs. Monterrey". Soccerway.
  6. ^ "Los extranjeros dominan el 11 ideal del Apertura 2017 de la Liga MX". Marca. December 18, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Marshall, Tom (July 15, 2018). "Former U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez named Liga MX rookie of the year". ESPN. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Jonathan Gonzalez to play for Mexico instead of US". January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Steven Goff (January 8, 2018). "U.S. soccer loses rising star Jonathan Gonzalez to Mexico". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Tom Marshall (January 8, 2018). "Jonathan Gonzalez chooses Mexico over United States - sources". ESPN FC. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Marshall, Tom (January 24, 2018). "Jonathan Gonzalez receives FIFA clearance to play for Mexico". ESPN FC. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Yoesting, Travis (February 1, 2018). "Jonathan Gonzalez Makes Solid Debut For Mexico — In The U.S." Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Mexico sends strong squad to Toulon Tournament". FMF State of Mind. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Mexico loses Toulon Tournament Final against England". FMF State of Mind. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Marshall, Tom (May 28, 2018). "Mexico never promised Jonathan Gonzalez spot in World Cup squad - Te Kloese". ESPN. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  16. ^ Harrison, Thomas (August 16, 2018). "Talent Radar: Liga MX's 10 Young Players to Watch in 2018-19". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Marshall, Tom (September 6, 2018). "Jonathan Gonzalez can't wait to suit up for Mexico vs. U.S. for first time". ESPN. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Jonathan González at Soccerway
  19. ^ "Los extranjeros dominan el 11 ideal del Apertura 2017 de la Liga MX" (in Spanish). December 18, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "Young Player Award 2019". May 1, 2019.

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