Report: Jesse Gonzalez turns down USMNT call-up to join Mexico U-23s

Report: Jesse Gonzalez turns down USMNT call-up to join Mexico U-23s

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Report: Jesse Gonzalez turns down USMNT call-up to join Mexico U-23s

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Photo by Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports

The most recent U.S. Men’s National Team roster was released on Wednesday, and featured just two goalkeepers. Absent was the name of FC Dallas starter Jesse Gonzalez, whose change of heart reportedly saw him removed from the squad.

According to Goal USA, Gonzalez has opted to join Mexico’s Under-23 camp after previously accepting an invitation to join the USMNT for January camp. Gonzalez, who was born in North Carolina and raised in Texas, has previously represented Mexico on the youth level.

El Tri’s starter at the U-20 World Cup, Gonzalez would not have been cap-tied by merely attending the January camp. He would, however, have had to file a one-time switch if he were to want to represent the U.S.

Prior to his decision to remain with El Tri for the time being, Gonzalez was viewed as competition for those involved with the U.S. Olympic team, including Cody Cropper, Ethan Horvath and Zack Steffen.

With Gonzalez’s exclusion, the USMNT heads into camp with Bill Hamid and Luis Robles as the two goalkeepers on the roster.

What do you think of Gonzalez’s decision? Think there’s any chance he ever opts to play for the U.S.? How will he fare with Mexico’s U-23s?

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