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...