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U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup - May 20-June 11 - Korea Republic

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5'11 170 Salt Lake City, Utah Real Salt Lake
M 5-9 150 Wappingers Falls, N.Y. New York Red Bulls
D 6-1 200 Southend-on-Sea, England Sheffield United (England)
F 6'0 175 Bethesda, Md. Duke
D 6-0 140 Tucson, Ariz. Real Salt Lake
D 5-11 155 Casa Grande, Ariz. New Mexico
M 6'2 176 Philadelphia, Pa. Bethlehem Steel FC
GK 6-4 180 Newport Beach, Calif. Univeristy of California
F 5-6 132 Atlanta, Ga.
F 5-10 155 Paradise Valley, Ariz. RSL Arizona
GK 5-11 164 Alamo, Calif. Georgetown
D 6-4 184 Lee's Summit, Mo. Sporting Kansas City
D 6-1 170 Oviedo, Fla. Orlando City SC
M 5-9 150 Libertyville, Ill. Chicago Magic PSG
F 5-11 174 O'Fallen, Mo. St. Louis Scott Gallagher
F 5-7 145 Casa Grande, Ariz. Veracruz
GK 5-11 150 Petaluma, Calif. De Anza Force
M 5-9 140 San Diego, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
D 6-2 171 Media, Pa. Bethlehem Steel
M 5-10 150 Alexandria, Va. Maryland
M 5-11 154 Bethesda, Md. Rangers (Scotland)

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup - May 20-June 11 - Korea Republic

Position:Defender

Height:5'11

Weight:170

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Salt Lake City, Utah

Club:Real Salt Lake

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Club:New York Red Bulls

Position:Defender

Height:6-1

Weight:200

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Southend-on-Sea, England

Club:Sheffield United (England)

Position:Forward

Height:6'0

Weight:175

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Bethesda, Md.

Club:Duke

Position:Defender

Height:6-0

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Tucson, Ariz.

Club:Real Salt Lake

Position:Defender

Height:5-11

Weight:155

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Casa Grande, Ariz.

Club:New Mexico

Position:Midfielder

Height:6'2

Weight:176

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Philadelphia, Pa.

Club:Bethlehem Steel FC

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-4

Weight:180

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Newport Beach, Calif.

Club:Univeristy of California

Position:Forward

Height:5-6

Weight:132

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Atlanta, Ga.

Position:Forward

Height:5-10

Weight:155

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Club:RSL Arizona

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-11

Weight:164

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Alamo, Calif.

Club:Georgetown

Position:Defender

Height:6-4

Weight:184

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Lee's Summit, Mo.

Club:Sporting Kansas City

Position:Defender

Height:6-1

Weight:170

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Oviedo, Fla.

Club:Orlando City SC

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Libertyville, Ill.

Club:Chicago Magic PSG

Position:Forward

Height:5-11

Weight:174

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:O'Fallen, Mo.

Club:St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

Weight:145

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Casa Grande, Ariz.

Club:Veracruz

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-11

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Petaluma, Calif.

Club:De Anza Force

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:San Diego, Calif.

Club:Fulham FC (England)

Position:Defender

Height:6-2

Weight:171

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Media, Pa.

Club:Bethlehem Steel

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-10

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Alexandria, Va.

Club:Maryland

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-11

Weight:154

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Bethesda, Md.

Club:Rangers (Scotland)

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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 Jeลพek 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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