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2016 Women's Delle Nazioni Tournament

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Five Things to Know About U-20 MNT Midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez

One of the most exciting prospects in the U.S. Men’s National Team pipeline is 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez. Long part of the U.S. Youth National Team setup, the holding midfielder was recently named a finalist for 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, thanks in large part to his breakout campaign with Liga MX side Monterrey and appears to have a bright future ahead for both club and country.

Here are five things you should know about the Rayados’ midfielder:

Early Beginnings

The son of Mexican-American parents, Jonathan Gonzalez was born on April 13, 1999, in Santa Rosa, Calif. He grew up playing for his hometown club Atletico before embarking on a professional journey down south. More on that later...

U.S. Youth National Teams

A dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Gonzalez has long been in the U.S. Youth National Team program, often as one of the youngest players in his respective teams. The talented midfielder earned his first international call-up in 2012, joining the likes of current MNT players Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie with the U-14 Boys’ National Team.

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Gonzalez has continued to represent U.S. youth teams at almost every level and tasted success in 2016 when he helped the U-18 MNT win the Václav JeΕΎek Tournament in the Czech Republic.

He most recently represented the U-20 MNT earlier this year, when at age 17, he was included in Tab Ramos’ squad for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Costa Rica.

The youngest member of the first U.S. squad to win the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Gonzalez made two appearances for Ramos’ side in 2017 and remains age-eligible to be part of the U-20 cycle for 2019.

Liga MX Discovery

While Gonzalez was firmly in the U.S. Youth National Team pipeline, a major turning point in his young career came during a 2013 Alianza de Futbol event held in San Francisco. Scouted heavily by clubs in both the U.S. and Mexico, the event proved to be a breakout showcase for Gonzalez, who impressed enough to reportedly receive Academy offers from 13 of the 18 Liga MX clubs in attendance.

Ultimately, he decided to accept an offer to join the Academy of storied Mexican side Monterrey. While he was taking the next step with one of the top clubs in Mexican football, the decision for him to move at such a young age didn’t come easily for his family.

"I still remember the day I left," Gonzalez told ESPNFC in August. "I was 14, about to turn 15, and my parents were really nervous. I really wanted to go and they were between should we let him go, should we not. But we sat down, had a family talk and we thought it was probably the best for me."

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Gonzalez continued the trend of “playing up” with older age groups, slotting in with the U-17 side not long after joining the club and playing plenty with the U-20 team. Pulling double-duty, he ended his time with the younger side by helping the team win the Liga MX U-17 title in May 2017. 

Jump to Monterrey First Team

Having impressed at youth level, Gonzalez was invited to the first team’s training camp ahead of the 2017 Apertura tournament. There, he found himself in a unique position while regular holding midfielder and Mexican international Jesus Molina was away at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with El Trí.

Given another opportunity to shine, the 18-year-old took full advantage in the lead-up to the new season as Monterrey boss Antonio Mohamed rewarded the effort when he made the decision to start Gonzalez in the club’s season-opener on July 21 at Morelia.

"He came and talked to me and told me I have a lot of potential, [and] that I would be starting because the starting center-mid [Jesus Molina] was with the [Mexican] national team," Gonzalez said to ESPN FC. "He told me it was my time to take the opportunity and not let it go."

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A simple yet effective player, Gonzalez has become a fixture in the Monterrey midfield ever since his mid-July debut, appearing in 24 games across all competitions. The cover in front of Los Rayados’ back line, Gonzalez’s ability to see the game combined with his composure in possession has been revelatory in helping Monterrey clinch the regular season title as well as places in the 2017 Apertura Liga MX and Copa MX Finals.

Up Next

Thanks to his involvement with the U.S. U-20 MNT and his breakout run with Monterrey, Gonzalez was nominated for U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Player of the Year on Dec. 5.

The U-20 MNT midfielder took part in both legs of the Liga MX APertura 2017 Final as Monterrey fell 3-2 on aggregate to city-rivals Tigres UANL on Dec. 10. With consideration towards his breakout campaign, days later, Gonzalez was named to Diaro Récord's Liga MX Best XI.

Gonzalez and Los Rayados will try to make amends for their miss in the Liga MX  Final when they face MNT defender Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca in the Copa MX Final on Thursday, Dec. 21 in Monterrey. 

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
1-1 D 1-4 PKs Gradisca, Italy Wingate
6-0 W Gradisca, Italy Vatne, Yates (3), Jarrett, Wingate
0-1 L Gradisca, Italy --

2016 International Women's Tournament of Gradisca

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D Wichita, Kan. Sporting KC
M Alpharetta, Ga. Concorde Fire
D San Clemente, Calif. SoCal Blues
M Littleton, Colo. Colorado Rush
D 5-4 Cardiff, Calif. Carlsbad Elite
F 5-5 Fleming Island, Fla. Jacksonville Armada
GK Edmond, Okla. OFC
D Highlands Ranch, Colo. Real Colorado
F Washington Township, N.J. World Class
D Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico Rush
M Las Vegas, Nev. Heat FC
GK Newbury Park, Calif. Eagles SC
M Mililani, Hawaii Honolulu Bull
D 5-2 Germantown, Md. Bethesda SC
D Huntington Beach, Calif. Slammers FC
D The Woodlands, Texas Texas Rush
F Sterling Heights, Mich. Michigan Hawks
M Concord, Mass. FC Stars of Mass.
F Wilmington, Mass. FC Stars of Massachusetts
M Pasco, Wash. Pac NW

2016 International Women's Tournament of Gradisca

Maycee Bell

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Wichita, Kan.

Club:
Sporting KC

Croix Bethune

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Alpharetta, Ga.

Club:
Concorde Fire

Madelyn Desiano

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Clemente, Calif.

Club:
SoCal Blues

Coriana Dyke

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Littleton, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rush

Sierra Enge

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Cardiff, Calif.

Club:
Carlsbad Elite

Lia Godfrey

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Fleming Island, Fla.

Club:
Jacksonville Armada

Hensley Hancuff

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Edmond, Okla.

Club:
OFC

Shae Holmes

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Real Colorado

Rebecca Jarrett

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Washington Township, N.J.

Club:
World Class

Brianna Martinez

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Albuquerque, N.M.

Club:
New Mexico Rush

Nohemi Mendoza

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

Club:
Heat FC

Katie Meyer

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Newbury Park, Calif.

Club:
Eagles SC

Kylie Minamishin

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mililani, Hawaii

Club:
Honolulu Bull

Makenna Morris

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Germantown, Md.

Club:
Bethesda SC

Jenna Nighswonger

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.

Club:
Slammers FC

Sarah Piper

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
The Woodlands, Texas

Club:
Texas Rush

Emaly Vatne

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Sterling Heights, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Madeline Vergura

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Concord, Mass.

Club:
FC Stars of Mass.

Olivia Wingate

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Wilmington, Mass.

Club:
FC Stars of Massachusetts

Summer Yates

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Pasco, Wash.

Club:
Pac NW

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 2 1 0 1 6 1 5 3
Italy 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Iran 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0

Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
France 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4
Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
England 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

USA Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 25 USA vs. Italy 0-1 L Gradisca, Italy
April 26 USA vs. Iran 6-0 W Monfalcone; Gradisca, Italy








1st Women's Tournament Delle Nazioni Statistics


Record: 1-2-0

Player

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Maycee Bell
3
3 140 0 0 0 0/0
Shae Bell 1 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Croix Bethune 2 1 78 0 0 0 0/0
Madelyn Desiano 1 0 35 0 0 0 0/0
Cori Dyke 3 2 175 0 0 0 0/0
Sierra Enge 3
3 210 0 0 0 0/0
Lia Godfrey 3 3 210 0 1 1 0/0
Rebecca Jarrett 2
0 70 1 0 2 0/0
Brianna Martinez 3 3 190 0 0 0 0/0
Nohemi Mendoza 2 2 105 0 0 0 0/0
Kyle Minamishin 1 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Makenna Morris 1 0 20 0 0 0 0/0
Jenna Nighswonger 2 2 89 0 1 1 0/0
Sarah Piper 2 0 36 0 0 0 0/0
Emily Vatne 3 1 54 1 0 2 0/0
Madeline Vergura 2 2 104 0 1 1 0/0
Olivia Wingate 3 1 110 2 2 6 0/0
Summer Yates 3 3 190 3 2 8 0/0








Own Goal


Totals

3/3 3/3 210 7 7 21 0/0

Opponent Totals

3/3 3/3 210 2 1 5 0/0

1st Women's Tournament Delle Nazioni Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Hensley Hancuff 1 1 70 0 1 0 1.00 0-1-0
Katie Meyer 2 2 140 7 1 1 1.00 1-1-0

Totals

3
3 210 7 2 1 0.67
1-2-0

Opponent Totals

3 3 210 2 7 1 2.33
2-1-0

Updated through May 5, 2016


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