Former United States youth international Jonathan Gonzalez said that his switch to Mexico makes him feel as if he turned his back on the United States, but added that playing for El Tri “feels like home.”
“It’s not easy knowing that I always saw myself as playing in the U.S.,” Gonzalez, 19, told JUGOtv. “But now that I’m in Mexico, I feel like I’m pretty much home.”
Gonzalez talked about the emotional process.
“Your father going to the U.S. in search of a better life. And you’re just pretty much turning your back and coming back over here to Mexico,”
“It’s a little bit weird wearing the jersey over there in the U.S. because when I was younger I would be in the U.S. national team,” Gonzalez said. “And now that I’m with the Mexican national team in the United States, it’s a little bit different.”
“The transition from youth football to the senior national team is something that wasn’t easy, to be honest,” Gonzalez said. “I was not used to the style of play, the hierarchy of the players, the experience they have, but I mean it’s been great for me.”