Bornstein Hurt in Practice

Bornstein Hurt in Practice

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 24, 2007

A tough break for both the US men’s national team and for Chivas USA, midfielder and the 2006 Gatorade Rookie of the Year, Jonathan Bornstein will now miss up to six weeks with a MCL tear in his knee.

Apparently Bornstein tried to clear a cross and some how an awkward play resulted in a lot of pain in the Goat’s midfielder. He will now miss US friendlies in March against Ecuador and Guatemala as well as maybe the first game of the MLS season against new MLS side Toronto FC.

Bornstein tallied six goals and four assists last season for Chivas as well as a goal in his first cap for the US national team.

I have to say this is a huge blow to Chivas. Bornstein is an up and coming player for the Goats and he did need some more time in pre-season with his club to get ready for the season ahead. But this also opens up a lot of scenarios for Bob Bradley and the men’s national team. Bornstein brings a lot to the table as a defensive midfielder. Add in the mix the injury to Bobby Convey, and you have to speculate who will be stepping up for the squad. Look for DeMarcus Beasley and Heath Pearce (who is finally healthy again) to get calls next month and probably be put into the line-up.

But if Bob Bradley stays State-side he could go with Red Bull midfielder Todd Dunivant or even push Carlos Bocanegra to the left in the middle of the field.

Still, tough blow for Chivas most of all. I had lots of hopes for this club going into the off season but more and more it is getting shakier and shakier for the Goats. Lots of work to do if you ask me.