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Why Jesse Gonzalez accepting the call from the United States is a good thing

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Could Jesse make the switch to the Stars and Stripes?

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

There was an interesting development on Christmas Eve when Goal.com reported that Jesse Gonzalez had accepted a call up for the US Men's National Team annual January camp. Previously, Gonzalez has represented Mexico at the youth level, participating in last year's U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. This means he would have to file a one-time switch to represent the US having played in an official youth match for Mexico so the odds he plays in either of the winter friendlies (Iceland and Canada, Jan 31 and Feb 5th- both in Carson) are slim to none.

That said, this year's version of the January camp will have a larger number of campers from both Olympic and full National team components so it's conceivable that he's being called in primarily for the Olympic team which has a two-legged play in series against Colombia in March. One has to think that, with a good showing, he'd instantly rise to the top of the pecking order with Ethan Horvath of Tippeligan club Molde.

Gonzalez was extremely impressive with FC Dallas once he took over between the posts in August. He helped steer the team to a 7-1-3 record which earned them the top seed in the Western Conference and a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champion's League. He allowed a miserly 0.91 goals per game, kept 5 clean sheets, and was a talisman for the club when facing spot kicks, particularly in the shootout victory over Seattle in the Western Conference Semifinals.

What do you think? Is this a partridge in a pear tree for the Yanks or is it just a lump of coal for El Tri? What's the likelihood he ends up leading the team to the medal round in Rio?