American Exports: Jonathan Bornstein hopes to prove himself in Mexico, but MLS could be an option
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – It’s back to preseason training at Tigres UANL for Jonathan Bornstein, with his future still unsettled ahead of the Liga MX’s Apertura 2013 tournament.
The former Chivas USA captain will either stay at Tigres for the upcoming season and compete for regular minutes in Ricardo Ferretti’s side, or be forced to move abroad, as the domestic Liga MX transfer window closed on June 5.
“I’m waiting, I’m speaking to my agents like always about what is best for me,” the 28-year-old left back told reporters in Monterrey. “I’m looking at the options.”
Bornstein revealed he still has 18 months left on his contract at Tigres and that, as things stand, he will remain at the university side where he has made just a handful of appearances since joining in December 2010.
The Los Angeles-area native added that staying in Mexico, playing and proving himself would be the ideal option, although MLS could be a possibility. Bornstein's rights are currently owned by Chivas USA after a trade with Portland Timbers back in February.
“[MLS] is always an option,” he stated. “I want to demonstrate what I have in Mexico, I like the league and the level and I want to play here if there is a chance.”
And, if he does stay in Mexico, Bornstein is vowing to fight as hard as ever to get minutes, which is certainly a possibility in the upcoming season due to Tigres’ involvement in the Copa MX.
“I always come with the hope of being able to get a chance to play,” stated the 2010 World Cup veteran. “I’m excited and ready for a new season that [represents] a new opportunity.”
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.