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Mexico's te Kloese: Jonathan Gonzalez will not be the last

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Jonathan Gonzalez is just the latest high-profile player to choose between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico, and an El Tri executive insists that the midfielder's situation is one that will repeat itself in the future.

Mexican federation (FMF) director of national teams Dennis te Kloese says he doesn't expect Gonzalez to be the last Mexican-American to opt to represent El Tri on the international level.

Report: Jonathan Gonzalez officially files for switch to Mexico

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On Tuesday Jonathan Gonzalez confirmed his decision to switch his national allegiance to Mexico. On Wednesday, he reportedly sent in the paperwork.

According to ESPN FC, FIFA confirmed receiving Jonathan Gonzalez's one-time switch request. The switch would permanently tie Gonzalez to El Tri and is required after the midfielder played for the U.

Jonathan Gonzalez confirms decision to represent Mexico

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Following Monday's reports, Jonathan Gonzalez confirmed that his next step is with El Tri.

The Monterrey midfielder announced on Tuesday that he intends to represent Mexico on the international level. Gonzalez will be required to file a one-time switch with FIFA before officially joining the Mexico program after previously representing the U.

Report: Jonathan Gonzalez could receive El Tri invite, but would have to commit to Mexico to accept it

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The Mexican national team has had its eyes on Jonathan Gonzalez for some time, and are reportedly ready to make him an offer that could force Gonzalez to make a final decision between the United States and El Tri in the very near future.

According to ESPN, there is a "good possibility" Mexico will call up the Monterrey midfielder up for the Mexico's Jan.

Mexican national team director: Jonathan Gonzalez chooses USMNT, but El Tri still pushing

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After breaking through as one of the brighter prospects in North American soccer, Jonathan Gonzalez is expected to join the U.S. Men's National Team over Mexico. However, El Tri isn't done pushing for the young midfielder

According toDennis Te Kloese, Director of National Teams for the Mexican Football Federation, the young Monterrey midfielder has made it clear that he wishes to join the U.

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Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Morocco and USA/Canada/Mexico confirm 2026 bids

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Lausanne (AFP) – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.

That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022.

Liga MX

Preview: USMNT Players in the 2018 Liga MX Clausura

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, Monterrey and Tigres captivated Liga MX with a rousing Apertura 2017 final. In the blink of an eye, the league has gone through an offseason and a preseason. Now, teams are ready to try and make a run at the final once more.

The LA soccer market in 2018

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - This year has some life left in it still, but 2017 will carry nothing more of significance for Southern California-based soccer fans. The final weekend of the year will be spent gazing aimlessly at leagues across the pond, of consuming rumors and speculation about potential player movement in MLS, or watching preseason Liga MX matches.

Monterrey wins 2017 Apertura Copa MX

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Friday's soccer news starts with the conclusion of the Copa MX. Monterrey won the 2017 Apertura edition, beating Pachuca 1-0 at home. Omar Gonzalez got the start for Pachuca, with the club returning for the final after participating in the FIFA Club World Cup. Monterrey's Aviles Hurtado scored the game's only goal in the 57th minute with Juan Pablo Carrizo keeping the clean sheet.

Liga MX: Roughly Half Of Monterrey’s Entire Population Swarms Into Town To Celebrate Tigres’ Title Victory (Photos & Video)

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There were rare old scenes in Monterrey yesterday as roughly half-a-million Tigres fans swarmed the city streets in celebration of their team's Liga MX title victory.

According to the Nuevo Leon government, the 500,000-ish fans stretched out for 10 kilometres between Tigres' stadium and Macroplaza in downtown Monterrey, all decked out in yellow and blue, waving flags and generally being merry.

Mexico: Tear-Jerking Scenes As Tigres Veteran Damian Alvarez, 38, Lifts Liga MX Trophy One Last Time Before Retirement (Video)

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Tigres shored up the Liga MX title on Sunday night by hammering out a steadfast2-1 victory over Monterrey to register a 3-2 aggregate win overall and snaffle the Apertura trophy for the sixth time in their history.

Added to the jubilation of success, there was also an added injection of emotion at full-time as long-serving Tigres stalwart Damian Alvarez was handed the captain's armband by skipper Juninho and allowed to lift the silverware one last time before heading off into retirement.

World Cup

USA, Mexico, Canada World Cup bid is “positive message”: Infantino

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Dubai (AFP) – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said Thursday the joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States for the 2026 World Cup sends a “positive message”.

Speaking at a sports business conference in Dubai, Infantino also admitted that the decision to award two World Cups simultaneously (Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022) was a mistake.

USA, Mexico, Canada World Cup bid is “positive message”: Infantino

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Dubai (AFP) – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said Thursday the joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States for the 2026 World Cup sends a “positive message”.

Speaking at a sports business conference in Dubai, Infantino also admitted that the decision to award two World Cups simultaneously (Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022) was a mistake.

Mexico and the 2018 World Cup draw

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Mexico's last important match was in September when El Tri wrapped up a World Cup berth with a 1-0 home win over Panama. The next meaningful match it will play will not be until June, somewhere in Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

However, the most important event Mexico will participate in this year will happen soon.

The November friendlies count for Mexico

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The windy and tumultuous path known as World Cup qualifying yielded positive results for Mexico as El Tricolor will play in its seventh consecutive World Cup next summer in Russia. Now that the dust has settled on qualifying, El Tri will start the next phase of its journey as preparations for Russia begin in earnest.

Colombia Steal The Show As Adidas Stage Mass Unveiling Of 2018 World Cup Kits For Spain, Belgium, Japan, Argentina, Germany And Mexico (Photos)

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Speaking as folk who absolutely adored Colombia's retro-tinged 2014 World Cup offering, Pies are happy to announce that their 2018 uniform is, arguably, even more handsome.

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Would you just look at that? The alluring washed out yellow? The hints of classic trefoil on the flanks?

Mexico 2018 World Cup adidas Home Jersey

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adidas and la Federación Mexicana de Futbol (FMF) have officially released the Mexico 2018 FIFA World Cup home jersey. The new kit will see its debut when El Tri meets fellow World Cup qualifiers Belgium and Poland in international friendly action over the next two weeks. The shirt will be available atWorld Soccer Shop,Subside Sports,UK [.

‘One For The Legend Books!’ – Alvin Jones Scores Superb 30-Yard Humper As Trinidad & Tobago Quash USA World Cup Aspirations (Photos & Video)

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The USA's farcical quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup ended with a stout fart on Tuesday evening, terminating with a 2-1 defeat against Trinidad & Tobago.

Bruce Arena's side went a goal behind early on when US defender Omar Gonzalez awkwardly shanked a cross into his own goal.

Will The United States qualify for the World Cup?

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Bruce Arena and the United States men’s national team have struggled heavily in recent World Cup qualification matches. They are now, essentially, in a must-win scenario after picking up a measly point during this international break.

The United States faced off in a crucial game against Costa Rica on September 1st.

Mexico National Team

Mexico’s attendances for games in US were 48% greater than USMNT’s in 2017

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For the year 2017, Mexico’s matches that were played on US soil had an average attendance that was 48% greater than the average attendance for matches played by the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in their own country, according to our research.

Mexico’s attendances for games in US were 48% greater than USMNT’s in 2017

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For the year 2017, Mexico’s matches that were played on US soil had an average attendance that was 48% greater than the average attendance for matches played by the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in their own country, according to our research.

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Aged Just 24, Romelu Lukaku Equals Belgium All-Time Goalscoring Record With Poacher’s Double Against Mexico (Photo & Videos)

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At the tender age of just 24, Romelu Lukaku scored the necessary two goals in last night's 3-3 draw against Mexico to become one of Belgium's three joint-highest goalscorers.

Lukaku prodded in his 29th and 30th goals for the Red Devils (in just 64 appearances) to equal the international tallies of both Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst, both of whom formerly co-owned the record.

Video: Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster fires England U17 into the lead vs Mexico U17

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European Soccer

Wednesday Kickoff: Luis Suarez praises Philippe Coutinho, Mexico fined again and more

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A former Liverpool teammate praised Philippe Coutinho while Mexico was hit with yet another fine by FIFA.

Following a summer full of rumors, Luis Suarez says that Philippe Coutinho would bring "a lot" to the current Barcelona team. (READ)

Mexico was once again issued a $10,000 fine by FIFA for"improper conduct among spectators (homophobic chants)".

Thursday Kickoff: Liga MX matches postponed, Alexis Sanchez and more

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Mexico continues to deal with the devastation of the recent earthquake, and the soccer community continues to be impacted as well.

All of this weekend's Liga MX matches have been postponed due to the earthquake that devastated the country recently. (REPORT)

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is joining the fundraising efforts in response to the disaster.

Wednesday Kickoff: Azteca damaged, Neymar-Edinson Cavani rift and more

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A natural disaster has hit Mexico hard, and it has impacted the soccer scene in a major way.

The powerful earthquake in Mexico saw the postponement of all midweek Copa MX games while also damaging the famed Estadio Azteca. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-GermainPresident Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists that there is no issue between Neymar and Edinson Cavani following a disagreement over set pieces.

CONCACAF

Does Mexico have a momentum problem?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - With World Cup qualifying now complete for Mexico, the attention will soon focus on the future. The World Cup draw, tune-ups against European foes before and after FIFA draws teams into groups. The endless debate on what the 23-man roster for Russia should look like.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama, Honduras win to knock USMNT out of World Cup

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The Hexagonal's final day saw plenty of drama, with results that sent the U.S. Men's National Team to the fifth place spot after their loss to Trinidad and Tobago.

Honduras and Panama hosted CONCACAF powers Mexico and Costa Rica, both already qualified for Russia.

Here's how those matches played out:

Honduras 3-2 Mexico

Honduras needed a result against the already qualified Mexico to have any shot at going to the World Cup next summer, and though they eventually got it, it did not start so well for the home side.

Tuesday Kickoff: 'Chicharito' to miss Honduras match, Thomas Tuchel still linked with Bayern job and more

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Mexico will be without two big stars on Tuesday night.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez received permission to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Hirving Lozano will also miss out due to injury. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel could still takeover as the club's manager next season.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama hosts Costa Rica, Mexico faces Honduras

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Two of CONCACAF's three and a half spots in Russia next summer are claimed, and the race is on for that final automatic place and a date with either Australia or Syria in a last-chance playoff for finishing fourth.

Costa Rica and Mexico are in for sure, and, as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to brush Trinidad and Tobago aside to earn the third qualifying spot, two more matches with implications for that crucial fourth place position will go down.

The last week of the Hexagonal

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The CONCACAF Hexagonal will culminate over the next week. Come Tuesday evening, three national teams will be making plans for Russian accommodations. Another team will eye Asia for their own passage. Two will be left wondering what could have been.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico hosts T&T, Honduras heads to Costa Rica

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The penultimate round of the Hex is upon us and all three of these matches carry some sort of meaning.

With one team, Mexico, already guaranteed a spot in Russia next summer, another two sides look to punch their tickets beginning on Friday night. After the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Panama in Orlando on Friday night, Trinidad and Tobago looks to delay their official elimination from World Cup Qualifying and Costa Rica looks to finish their automatic qualifying bid.

The Rest

Jonathan Gonzalez chooses Mexico, USMNT January roster, & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/9/18

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Hello hello hello! I am here with your Tuesday Freedom Kicks! And there's quite a bit to get through this morning, so let's dive right in.

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Ouch: Tigres Winger Jurgen Damm Suffers ‘First Degree Burns’ After Being Hit In Face With Firework On New Year’s Eve

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Following hot on the heels of Penarol striker Lucas Viatri, Tigres winger Jurgen Damm has become the second high-profile footballer to injure himself with pyrotechnics over the festive period.

According to Universal Deportes, Damm was taken to hospital on New Year's Eve after suffering first degree burns when a "rocket exploded in his face".

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Aron Johannsson and more

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As the European leagues churn onward, two young Americans will duke it out for a title in Mexico.

After a first leg draw, Jonathan Gonzalez and Monterrey will head into the home leg of the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla final against Tigres UANL on Sunday evening with the title on the line. Jose Torres of Tigres didn't feature in the first leg, but Gonzalez started and went the full 90 minutes for Monterrey.

Galaxy first means resisting loan deals in 2018

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy's disastrous 2017 MLS campaign left much destruction in its wake. Coaches and executives lost their jobs or faced demotions. The club showed players the exit. New faces both on and off the field came and will undoubtedly arrive to help right the wrongs in 2018.

Mexico announces 25-man roster for October World Cup Qualifiers

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Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio announced his 25-man roster for El Tri's upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers in October.

El Tri will face Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 6 in San Luis, which is a rare fixture not played at Estadio Azteca. Mexico will wrap up the Hexagonal with a match against Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Oct.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 5-10, 2017

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Mexico’s September 5th draw away to Costa Rica drew 2.7 million viewers on Telemundo’s networks, beating out Mexico’s Confederations Cup Group Stage match against Portugal to become the most-watched soccer game on Telemundo in 2017. The United States’ match against Honduras drew a combined 531,000 viewers on beIN Sports and NBC Universo.