Chivas USA Defender Jonathan Bornstein Added to U.S. Squad & More

Photo by Juan Miranda/Chivas USA


I just returned from Galaxy training this morning where I chatted with Coach Bruce Arena and several players about the atrocious U.S. performance against El Salvador Saturday to discover Chivas USA left back/left half Jonny Bornstein has not surprisingly been added to the roster for Wednesday’s game in Nashville against Trinidad & Tobago.

Bornstein’s versatility should give the left side of the U.S. team added stability given the stuttering performances of the likes of left back Heath Pearce on the weekend.

The Los Alamitos resident hasn’t yet recaptured the form that saw him win the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year award, but seems likely to add to his 14 U.S. caps in midweek.

I’ll have more on the U.S. Men’s National Team in Tuesday’s column.

*The Galaxy announced today they have sold more than 20,000 tickets for the July 19 friendly against AC Milan at Home Depot Center. All the most inexpensive seats have gone; prices range from $60-$100 for the seats that are left.

*Four players from this weekend’s 2009 Sueno MLS tryouts in San Bernadino have qualified for the final event in L.A. April 9-12. They are: midfielder Mikon Orellana, 15, a native of El Salvador who drove from his Provo, Utah home for the tryout; left back Hector Ramos, a native of Mexican-border town Mexicali; central defender Javier Rodriguez, who commuted (!) between his North Las Vegas home and Southern California Saturday and Sunday to participate; and forward Cesar Silva of Anaheim, a former youth player with Mexican team Atlas.

*Finally, your faithful blogger will be on “Which Way, L.A.?” with Warren Olney tonight on 89.9 KCRW between 7 and 8 o’clock talking about the inaugural WPS game Sunday at Home Depot Center.

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  • Studs Up

    I don’t know if Bornstein deserves a call up but Sasha K should have been pulled at half time for his pathatic showing. When you have a Torres sitting on a bentch who plays in those kind of games for a living I don’t understand Bradley’s reluctance to use his relevant experience to start with.

  • The Wolf

    Hey Nick-

    While at the Galaxy training session this morning, did you happen to notice if Lewis, Dunivant, and Ricketts are participating in full training yet? Any updates are always appreciated…

    Nick replies: I spoke to Ricketts – he didn’t sound optimistic he’d play this weekend and said he’s still feeling some pain, although he took part in goalkeeping drills. Dunivant is still a few weeks away from returning. I was going to speak to Lewis, but when the Galaxy PR folks discovered he didn’t watch Saturday’s U.S. game (which is what I was primarily asking players about for Tuesday’s column) he didn’t hang around and headed to the locker room. The Galaxy will issue their weekly update in a couple of hours and they include injury reports, so stand by. I do know he is not 100 percent yet, that’s for sure.

  • The Wolf

    Good Stuff Nick. Thanks again!

  • Esther Bornstein

    Dear Jonathan Bornstein

    I am trying to find out if we are related. My father came to the USA in 1950 from Poland. Where does your father come from, and when did he arrive in Mexico. After the Holacust many of us lost touch and went to live in different countries. When I look at your picture there is a strong resemblance to my father Sam. My grandson Luke plays soccer and is a great fan. I would love to hear from you.