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Jonathan Bornstein
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Rey Bornstein
Date of birth November 7, 1984 (1984-11-07) (age 25)
Place of birth Torrance, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Left Back/Midfielder
Club information
Current club Chivas USA
Number 13
Youth career
2002–2003 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos
2004–2005 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Chivas USA 102 (9)
National team
2007– United States 29 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:35, 27 October 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March, 2010

Jonathan Bornstein (born November 7, 1984 in Torrance, California) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, and for the United States national team.


Club career


High School and College

Bornstein attended Los Alamitos High School where he played soccer for all 4 years. In addition to being an outstanding player, Bornstein excelled in academics. He started his college soccer career at Cal Poly Pomona[1], and played there for two years before transferring to UCLA for the 2004 season.


He was taken by Chivas in the fourth round at the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. A forward in college, he was converted to a left back by Chivas coach Bob Bradley and was his team's surprising starter at the position when the season opened. Injuries and suspensions forced Bornstein back into an attacking role for Chivas USA's June 3 match against FC Dallas, where the rookie scored his first MLS goal. He continued his fine play in the back and also contributed to the attack during the rest of the season, finishing the year with four assists and six goals, leading all rookies. He was rewarded for his fine form by winning the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2008, he suffered a knee injury throughout the spring. When he came back, Chivas coach Preki began to employ him in an attacking capacity, which Bornstein trained for in his youth.[2]

In summer 2008, Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv was reportedly interested in Bornstein[3]. News stories claimed that the offer involved a transfer fee of $750,000, and would increase the player's salary fivefold, to around $500,000 a season. Bornstein was apparently unenthusiastic, fearing that such a move could cost him his place in the U.S. national team.

International career

Bornstein got his first cap, and first goal on an assist from Justin Mapp, for the US national team on January 20, 2007 against Denmark; and since that time he has truly solidified himself as one of the most pathetically awful players to ever become a mainstay with the United States men's national soccer team. As 2007 continued, Bornstein became the first choice left back for Bob Bradley, now at the helm of the national team. He played for the USA in Copa América 2007. He received his first World Cup Qualifying appearance in a start against Guatemala in the semifinal round of World Cup Qualifying.

In 2008, Bornstein was overtaken by Heath Pearce as the starting left back for the national team and struggled with injuries. However, Bornstein earned starts in the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, before fellow UCLA graduate Carlos Bocanegra returned from injury.[4]

After the Confederations Cup, Bornstein eventually replaced Pearce as first-choice again and remained so for the rest of the qualifiers. He scored the equalising goal in the United States' final World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in the fifth minute of injury time. The goal meant that Honduras, when combined with their win over El Salvador, qualified automatically for the 2010 World Cup. Hondurans chanted Bornstein's name in the streets during nationwide celebrations following the game.[5]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. January 20, 2007 Home Depot Center, Carson, USA  Denmark
2 – 1
3 – 1
02. October 14, 2009 RFK Stadium, Washington, USA  Costa Rica
2 – 2
2 – 2
World Cup Qualifier

Personal life

Bornstein comes from mixed Jewish and Mexican heritage. He told ESPN, "Just experiencing both cultures, sometimes I felt like I didn't know where I belonged. It's still a soul-searching kind of thing, trying to figure out exactly where you come from or which heritage you relate to. I still kind of feel lost even to this day, but it's something that I just deal with, and it makes me a stronger person having both of those heritages." [6] Bornstein played in the 2005 Maccabiah Games, in Israel, representing the U.S. in soccer, which won silver.


United States


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