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Report: Atlanta United lands El Tri midfielder Gonzalez from Monterrey

Gonzalez to Atlanta United

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 29: Jonathan González of Monterrey celebrates with the trophy during the Final second leg match between America and Monterrey as part of the Torneo Apertura 2019 Liga MX at Azteca Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images)

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Whoever Atlanta United hires to replace Frank De Boer is walking into a club with an embarrassment of riches.

TUDN reports that the Five Stripes have landed Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, the subject of Mexico’s much-publicized recruitment win over U.S. Soccer.

The report says the deal is a loan with a $10 million option-to-buy, while ESPN commentator and former USMNT forward Herculez Gomez says La Liga’s Celta Vigo is still in the mix.

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Atlanta has had to deal with a fired coach as well as a long-term injury to prolific scorer Josef Martinez, but has Pity Martinez to go with new signing Jurgen Damm.

Gonzalez, 21, has three Mexico caps spread across two years and gives the club a hold on the central midfielder after the departure of Darlington Nagbe. They aren’t like-for-like players but can demand similar depth of planning from the opposition.

United has Emerson Hyndman, Jeff Larentowicz, Mo Adams, and Eric Remedi in its central midfield mix. Hyndman and Adams partnered in the middle of a 3-4-2-1 in two of the club’s three MLS is Back losses, Remedi and Larentowicz together in the other.

Gonzalez has played 24 times for Monterrey this season including three appearances at the Club World Cup.

He would be the latest in a series of Liga MX imports to MLS that would seem to signal a victory for the younger league. Lucas Zelarayan, Rodolfo Pizarro, Edison Flores, and Alan Pulido all came north of the border this winter.