Hometown: Valencia, Spain
Previous Team: Portland Timbers 2
2022: Gonzalez returns to Louisville for a second season, this time on a permanent contract.
Last season: Despite being forced to sit out until June due to a groin injury, Gonzalez still played a key role in head coach Danny Cruz’s attack while on loan. In 16 starts across 21 appearances, he netted four goals.
Highlights in purple: Gonzalez’s fourth, and final, goal came at a crucial moment as he scored a later game winner against Miami FC in the opening round of the USL Championship Playoffs.
Before Louisville City FC: A native of Valencia, Spain, Gonzalez made the move to the United States in 2016 to play collegiately at NCAA Division II’s Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn. After one season, Gonzalez transferred and found his footing at the NCAA Division 1 level at SIU Edwardsville, where he was coached by future LouCity Academy Director Mario Sanchez and was named 2019 Mid-American Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. The midfielder went 76th overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft to LAFC. He wound up signing with the Timbers, joined their USL side and made his professional debut on Aug. 3, 2020, in a 4-0 victory over the Tacoma Defiance. In his one season in Portland, he poured in 8 goals across 10 appearances during an abridged campaign.