Bornstein with Chivas USA in 2010
|Full name||Jonathan Rey Bornstein|
|Date of birth||November 7, 1984|
|Place of birth||Torrance, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Left Back|
|2002–2003||Cal Poly Pomona Broncos|
|2014||→ Atlante (loan)||3||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Querétaro (loan)||13||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 August 2016.
Youth and College
Bornstein attended Los Alamitos High School, where he played soccer for all four years, and played club soccer for Irvine Strikers coached by Don Ebert. He started his college soccer career at Cal Poly Pomona and played there for two years before transferring to UCLA for the 2004 season. Bornstein has been a teammate of Benny Feilhaber at youth, college, and national team level.
He was taken by Chivas USA 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 summer 2008, Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv was reportedly interested in Bornstein. 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.
In July 2010, it was announced by Chivas USA that Bornstein would be joining Tigres de la UANL in the Primera División de México in 2011, following the conclusion of the 2010 Major League Soccer season.
Bornstein was selected by Portland Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. In doing so, Portland retained his MLS rights should he ever return to the league. On February 13, 2013, Portland traded Bornstein's MLS rights back to Chivas USA with allocation money for midfielder Ben Zemanski.
Bornstein was transfer listed by Tigres on November 19, 2012.
On May 24, 2015, Bornstein scored the goal that sent Querétaro F.C. to their first ever Liga MX final.
Bornstein got his first cap, and first goal on an assist from Justin Mapp, for the U.S. national team on January 20, 2007 against Denmark. As 2007 continued, Bornstein became the first choice left back for Bob Bradley. He played for the U.S.A. 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 lost his starting place to Heath Pearce and also struggled with injuries. He started the group stage matches at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup but was relegated back to the bench when Carlos Bocanegra returned from injury.
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.
After sitting out the first two group-stage games for the United States in the 2010 World Cup, Bornstein started at left back against Algeria in the final group play game and against Ghana in the round of 16.
Bornstein has not been recalled to the squad by Bradley's successor Jürgen Klinsmann.
|01.||January 20, 2007||Home Depot Center, Carson, USA||Denmark||2 – 1||3 – 1||Friendly|
|02.||October 14, 2009||RFK Stadium, Washington, USA||Costa Rica||2 – 2||2 – 2||2010 World Cup Qualifier|
- As of June 5, 2014.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2006||Chivas USA||Major League Soccer||32||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||32||6|
|Mexico||League||Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2010–11||Tigres UANL||Liga MX||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
- As of November 24, 2011.
Bornstein is Jewish. His father's Jewish ancestors came from Romania. His mother is Mexican and from a Catholic background. 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." Bornstein played in the 2005 Maccabiah Games, in Israel, representing the U.S., which won silver.
- United States
- "Jonathan Bornstein". Chivas USA. Retrieved September 11, 2008.
- Connoly, Matt (June 21, 2008). "Give & Go: Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein". Goal.com. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
- "מבוי סתום למכבי בגזרת המגן השמאלי". Ynet. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
- "Bornstein to join Tigres UANL after finishing the 2010 season with Chivas USA". CDChivasUSA.com. July 19, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
- Jeremiah Oshan (November 24, 2010). "MLS Expansion Draft, Analysis: Whitecaps Showed Greater Willingness To Spend". SBNation.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Tom Marshall (November 19, 2012). "American Exports: Tigres list Bornstein for transfer again". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved Novmerb 19, 2012. Check date values in:
- "Club Tigres Tweet". Twitter.
- U.S. National Team Upsets Top-Ranked Spain, 2–0, June 24, 2009
- "Bornstein: Honduras' new hero". Yanks-abroad.com. October 28, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Are There Jews in the World Cup?. The Great Rabbino (June 8, 2010). Retrieved on October 15, 2011.
- "Interview: USA World Cup star Jonathan Bornstein". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
- Carlisle, Jeff. "Bornstein fashions a new identity". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
- Jonathan Bornstein Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- MLS player profile
- Jonathan Bornstein – FIFA competition record
- Jonathan Bornstein Stats and biography
|Chivas USA captain
Served alongside: Sacha Kljestan