Bornstein 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 (175 cm)|
|Playing position(s)||Left Back|
|2002–2003||Cal Poly Pomona Broncos||36||(17)|
|2014||→ Atlante (loan)||3||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Querétaro (loan)||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Jonathan Rey Bornstein (born November 7, 1984) is an American-Israeli soccer player who plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer (MLS). He has captained and made 38 appearances for the United States national soccer team. In addition to also playing for Chivas USA in Major League Soccer (with whom he was the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year, an MLS Best XI, and a two-time MLS All-Star), he has played in Liga MX and in the Israeli Premier League. He won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, in Israel.
Youth and college
Bornstein attended Los Alamitos High School, where he played soccer for all four years. He was MVP of the Sunset League, first-team all-county, and All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), and led the soccer team to a CIF Championship. He also played club soccer for Long Beach United, Beach Soccer Club, and the Irvine Strikers club team coached by Don Ebert. He won the Golden Boot Award as he led the Strikers to the US Youth Soccer 2002 Under-17 National Championship.
He started his college soccer career at Cal Poly Pomona and played there for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos for two years. In 2002 Bornstein was California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Freshman of the Year, First-team All-CCAA, and second-team All-Far West Region, as he led the team in scoring. In 2003 he was again First-team All-CCAA and second-team All-Far West Region, and was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America College Division District VIII team with a 3.30 GPA in Business Administration, as he led Cal Poly in all scoring categories. He finished his career at Cal Poly Pomona ranked 2nd in career assists (19), 3rd in career points (53), and 5th in career goals (19).
He then transferred to UCLA for the 2004 season, as a Sociology major. In 2004 Bornstein played in all of the UCLA Bruins men's soccer team's 20 games, with nine starts. In 2005 he started all 20 games and was named Second-team All-Pac-10.
Bornstein has been a teammate of Benny Feilhaber at the youth (with the Irvine Strikers), college (at UCLA, where they were roommates), and national team level, and at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Feilhaber said he and Bornstein "definitely had a special connection" because of their religion from the beginning of their friendship.
Major League Soccer
Bornstein was taken by Chivas USA in the fourth round (37th overall) 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 started every game in the season, and his total of 2,878 minutes played was third-highest in the league. He was rewarded for his fine form by winning the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year Award.
In 2007 he was an MLS All-Star, and named to the MLS Best XI as one of the best 11 players in Major League Soccer. In 2008, Bornstein suffered a knee injury that affected him 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. He repeated as an MLS All-Star in 2008.
In the summer of 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 five-fold, 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.
Bornstein spent the next eight seasons in Mexico’s premier division, Liga MX. He first played for Tigres de la UANL (2010-14). 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 January 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.
He played for Atlante F.C. (2013-14) and Querétaro F.C. (2014-18). On May 24, 2015, Bornstein scored the goal that sent Querétaro F.C. to their first-ever Liga MX final. Then, on June 10, 2015, it was announced that Bornstain had signed for Querétaro on a permanent basis.
Israeli Premier League
In 2018, Bornstein signed with Maccabi Netanya of the Israeli Premier League ahead of the 2018-19 League campaign. Playing for Maccabi Netanya in Netanya, Israel in 2018-19, he became an Israeli citizen due to his Jewish lineage. During his time with the club, Bornstein made 36 appearances and 35 starts, totaling 3,163 minutes across all competitions.
Major League Soccer redux
The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer acquired him from Maccabi Netanya on July 22, 2019. The team signed Bornstein to a contract through 2020, with a 2021 club option which the team exercised in July 2020. In 2019 he played in 11 starts in his first season with the Fire.
Bornstein has made 38 appearances for the United States national soccer team. He got his first cap, and scored his 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. 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 2007, he helped the USMNT win the CONCACAF Gold Cup, making five starts during the tournament. He featured in the Concacaf Gold Cup (2007, 2011).
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, a game in which Bornstein captained the US side, qualified automatically for the 2010 World Cup. That goal resulted in Bornstein having a level of celebrity in Honduras; he was invited to Honduras by the President of the country and he received letters of thanks for years afterwards.
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 game and against Ghana in the round of 16.
Bornstein played in the 2005 Maccabiah Games, in Israel, representing the U.S. along with Benny Feilhaber, Kevin Friedland, Matt Reiswerg, and Leo Krupnik, winning a silver medal. He scored two goals in the team's quarterfinal win over South Africa. Because of his Jewish lineage, he had an opportunity to play in Israel and not count as a foreign player.
Bornstein was born in Torrance, California, and later lived in Los Alamitos, California. His father is Jeff Bornstein, who is Jewish and was born in Torrence, CA into an Orthodox family, and worked for Hostess until his death in 2014. His mother is from Mexico, and is not Jewish. Bornstein's parents divorced when he was three years old, and he lived with his father. His step-mother, Rochelle Bornstein, works as a deli supervisor and cashier at a grocery store in Long Beach, California. His father's family were Romanian Jews. Bornstein grew up observing Rosh Hashanah and Passover with relatives, and said of his experience representing the U.S. in the 2005 Maccabiah Games reinforcing his Jewish identity: "I was able to explore my Jewish identity in the Old City, at Masada, at the Dead Sea." In 2006 he said: "in the past couple years, I’ve felt more Jewish than ever." He found faith in Christianity when he met his wife, and was baptized, while in Mexico. 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."
- 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.
|01.||January 20, 2007||Home Depot Center, Carson, United States||Denmark||2 – 1||3 – 1||Friendly|
|02.||October 14, 2009||RFK Stadium, Washington, United States||Costa Rica||2 – 2||2 – 2||2010 World Cup Qualifier|
- MLS Rookie of the Year: 2006
- MLS Best XI: 2007
- MLS All-Star: 2007, 2008
- Inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame: 2008.
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| Chivas USA captain
Served alongside: Sacha Kljestan