FC Dallas GK Gonzalez prefers Mexico over USMNT

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A couple hours ago, we crossed our fingers that 22-year-old FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez’s new contract could tempt him toward representing the USMNT.

That was then, this is now.

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Gonzalez confirmed to USA Today’s Martin Rogers that his plans are to represent El Tri at the senior level.

“I am thankful for everything in America, and that’s where I grew up,” he said, flicking a lock of hair away from his forehead. “At this point in my life I am not losing respect for America but sometimes my family reminds me they’re all Mexican and I always grew up with that in my heart.

“America has given us a lot but being a Mexican is always something special for us. The thing is you have to respect both countries. I am a Mexican-American. That’s who I am.”

Mexico’s goalkeeping crop is a bit older, with Guillermo Ochoa (31), Alfredo Talavera (34), Jose Corona (36), and Moises Munoz (37). El Tri has called up uncapped Hugo Gonzalez (26) and Rodolfo Cota (29) in recent windows.

Gonzalez got one cap for their U-23 side, and Gibran Lajud made the Olympic roster.