Edgar Castillo

U.S.-born Jonathan Gonzalez hopes to live his World Cup dreams with Mexico

U.S.-born Jonathan Gonzalez hopes to live his World Cup dreams with Mexico

Jonathan González watched the U.S. national team’s final World Cup qualifier on TV last fall and still hasn’t forgotten how he felt after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago knocked the Americans out of this summer’s tournament in Russia.

“I was bummed out,” he said, mustering about as much disappointment as a teenager can muster.

How much that inspired what happened next, he won’t say. But less than three months after the disappointed U.S. team trudged off a soggy field in Trinidad, González declared his intention to play internationally for Mexico, which will take part in the World Cup.

“A lot of people think it’s just a decision that’s made from...

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