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Jonathan Bornstein scores series-clinching goal to send Queretaro to Liga MX final

Jonathan Bornstein Winner Queretaro (Getty Images)

 

By IVES GALARCEP

Jonathan Bornstein’s dream run with Liga MX side Queretaro took a dramatic turn on Sunday, with the American defender scoring the goal that ultimately helped put his team into the Liga MX final.

Bornstein’s finish early in the second half helped Queretaro take a 2-0 lead to erase a 2-0 first-leg defeat, and that proved to be enough as Queretaro advanced to the Liga MX final for the first time in the club’s history.

Playing without Brazilian star Ronaldinho, who was benched after his first-leg tantrum that saw him leave the stadium after being subbed out in the first half, Queretaro looked to be the underdog heading into Sunday’s second leg, but an early Queretaro goal put the match on a knife’s edge before Bernstein struck in the 49th minute.

Here is Bornstein’s goal:

https://youtu.be/j_uJUooX-zw

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Queretaro will now face Santos Laguna in the Liga MX Clausura final. The first leg will take place in Torreon on Wednesday, with Bornstein and Queretaro hosting the second leg on Saturday.

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  1. The second most impressive outing for a Mexican side in Bornstein’s career. Nothing will top his one man effort to drag the El Tri from down a couple of early goals to win Copa Oro 2011 and deliver The Guru as USMNT’s next coach.

    Seriously, good for him.

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  2. Not a JB fan ..BUT.. I will give him credit. He’s put his head down and worked hard for starting job in LigaMX.

    I thought he was just there getting checks.. but I’m glad to see he has been working hard.

    Wishing him the best.

    I’d like to see Ronaldinho win!! He’s a diva… but that was dumb when he was subbed off… He was balling that game. Ronaldinho plays great in big games. I’d like to see his magic one more time!

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  3. Bornstein has always had a good left foot and until Chivas USA needed a left defender, JB was primarily a left side attacking player, with the instincts that implies.

    He is not the kind of back who is distinguished by his size, athleticism or lack of skill, so you could argue he was kind of a surprising fit in the back line. He had some great games for the USA and some all of us would rather forget. I think those forgettable games were situations where he was called upon to be a pure destroyer, with the 100% concentration that demands, and/or forced into matching up against a more physical/athletic forward.

    I am surprised it took so long for Liga Mex coaches to find a way to use his talent.

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    • Jonny Boy was a forward at Cal Poly and UCLA. It was BB who converted him to left back at Chivas.

      Boca and JB were BB’s left back rotation largely because no one else really distinguished themselves in that spot and perhaps because the USMNT had a winning record with JB there.. He must have done something right.

      If he maintains his form, while it seems unlikely because of Shea and Garza and other left sided options, I see no reason JK should not consider JB who just turned 30 After all others are calling for Benny and Davies to be called in.

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      • Don’t really see the urgency with Davies, who is back in the goals and looks “mostly back”, but what he doesn’t quite have is that electric turn of pace he used to have. Mostly he’s a very aggressive, hustling, kind of selfish Jermaine Defoe-type poacher. There might be a spot role for him but is he really better than Dempsey, Altidore, Johanssen, or Agudelo? Will he really be better than Jordan Morris – who very much has the pace Davies used to have, or Dom Dwyer in 2-3 years when Russia 2018 rolls around and Dwyer is a card-carryin’ ‘Merican? (Which is going to happen sooner rather than later, seeing as how he’s now married to Sydney Leroux. I defy any of our resident xenophobes to try tell me Dom’s not living the American Dream to the best of any man’s ability, but nevermind.)

        Benny Feilhaber, on the other hand, is clearly a substantially better player than Graham Zusi, who was certainly one of the top 15 guys or so on the roster this past year. Anybody who’s watched a Sporting KC match recently could tell you that…they could also tell you the thing that got BF sort of marginalized on the USMNT – his lack of defensive effort tracking back – has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and he’s still as good (or better) and as technically adept as he ever was. Benny offers us something we just plain don’t have…truthfully, a 4-5-1 with a midfield of Benny, maybe Alfredo Morales (who I like, a lot) and Michael Bradley underneath them excites me a great deal. Toss in Darlington Nagbe and maybe Mix on the wings and all of a sudden you have a VERY technically adept midfield that could hold possession and create against most anybody. Truthfully at that point I think you could get away without a true target man, and just put Clint Dempsey alone up top in the Miroslav Klose role. I actually think people might be very much taken aback how technical and creative a midfield like that would be, actually.

      • Feilhaber is everything JK wishes Bradley could be.

        I don’t mean that comment to mean that Feilhaber is better. But we all know JK has this bull in his head to make MB90 an attacking midfielder – even though that isn’t where he’s best served.

        Feilhaber in his youth was a luxury player. A classic #10 who wasn’t incisive enough to justify his place in the squad. With time and training, Benny has become more of a complete player who still has that classic technical ability and vision but now has the work rate and defensive bite to compliment his game.

        JK has tried to make Mix, Jermaine Jones or Bedoya a two-way midfielder, which they all can do with varying degrees, but Feilhaber is that player. But like all managers – JK seems to have made his mind up about Benny and that seems to be that.

        However, a central midfield tandem of Bradley and Feilhaber (with Bradley having more defensive responsibility but the ability to choose his forward runs and to spray passes and Benny with defensive bite and a good workrate and his vision and technical ability) supporting Dempsey and whomever else is up front could be a strong base.

      • Felix

        I will preface this by saying I don’t have a problem with Benny coming back but I also don’t have a problem with him NOT coming back.

        Benny has lots of talent but it takes more than talent to succeed and Benny has proven himself deficient in those “other areas” many times.

        “Feilhaber is everything JK wishes Bradley could be. I don’t mean that comment to mean that Feilhaber is better. But we all know JK has this bull in his head to make MB90 an attacking midfielder – even though that isn’t where he’s best served.”

        It’s not a matter of where Mikey is best served, it is where the TEAM is best served. Mikey is being asked to lead the team’s attack and there isn’t anyone else currently better suited.

        “Feilhaber in his youth was a luxury player. A classic #10 who wasn’t incisive enough to justify his place in the squad. With time and training, Benny has become more of a complete player who still has that classic technical ability and vision but now has the work rate and defensive bite to compliment his game.”

        A classic #10? That is hyperbole..

        Benny has come around under Vermes’ tutelage. So he is good for SKC. He has yet to prove he can do that for the US. He has yet to prove he can take charge of the USMNT attack and lead them anywhere. He has yet to earn trust.

        “JK has tried to make Mix, Jermaine Jones or Bedoya a two-way midfielder, which they all can do with varying degrees, but Feilhaber is that player. But like all managers – JK seems to have made his mind up about Benny and that seems to be that.”

        Benny has been in camp with JK’s team. Obviously, he did not impress that much.

        “However, a central midfield tandem of Bradley and Feilhaber (with Bradley having more defensive responsibility but the ability to choose his forward runs and to spray passes and Benny with defensive bite and a good workrate and his vision and technical ability) supporting Dempsey and whomever else is up front could be a strong base.”

        So could a number of other younger players, who would be more likely to be around for 2018.

  4. The Bornstein jokes are ridiculous. A couple bad episodes have been blown so far out of proportion. It doesn’t help that his gigs in Mexico may have paid relatively well, but yielded little playing time. Out of sight out of mind perhaps, but on balance he was a serviceable left back for he US. Not great, but not so bad to warrant the scorn heaped upon him.

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    • Agree and disagree. On one hand, his catalog of goofs with the US team is more than “a couple of bad episodes.” On the other hand, when it really counted, in World Cup 2010, he was fine. And that surely should count for a lot.

      Hell, Tony Sanneh was dreadful for the US team prior to WC 2002. But his great performance in South Korea is what people remember about him. Granted Bornstein wasn’t Sanneh-like in 2010, but his acceptable performance there does deserve more credit.

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    • i didnt have a chance to develop that tear. Of greater effort then Bornstein’s goal, was my hour search for an illegal stream of this game. The sites with the Queretaro/Pachuca game were all linked to Univision’s post game coverage of the Santos/Chivas game. I then found a Queratero-Pachuca link that was really to Azteca, and that occurred in the 49 minute. When I clicked the x on an ad, I saw Bornstein take that pass and slot it home. The place went crazy. That game was good, though the rain and exhaustion showed a lot of sloppy play after that.

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  5. nice subtle dig with the “0” instead of an “o” in his last name. You’re still a zero in someone’s book Jonny!

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  6. If the goal leveled the tie at 2-2, how did they advance? I assume that after away goals, bornstein goals are the next tie breaker? Seriously, that goal should count double. Good for Jonny B!

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      • Found out the higher seed (meaning the lower ranked team) advances in case of a tie. Probably should have mentioned that here.

      • I take that back — “higher seed” isn’t really the right term. The “higher ranked” team from regular season advances. Queretaro had one more point than Pachuca during the season.

  7. 4 years in Mexico and he had only played in 12 games in that time and had only scored 9 goals in his professional career none in Mexico until arriving at Queretaro. This goal is unbelievable. On their own did they realize he as a crappy defender and move him to a different position? Did Bob Bradley take up a part time coaching assistant position with Queretaro and insist Bornstein was a soccer beast that was ready to awake from the depths of a long soccer hibernation?

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  8. Man, there was a time when us USMNT fans wanted to boo him like a professional wrestling heel. Good job on the comeback JB.

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