HOW ACQUIRED: Signed from Maccabi Netanya on July 22, 2019. Contract option exercised July 20, 2020
An experienced fullback who rejoined MLS after nine-year stint abroad in Mexico and Israel, Bornstein is a valuable option on the left side of defense, where the Fire have been lacking depth. Can also feature as a defensive midfielder. He started 13 of the 20 matches he featured in during the 2020 season.
INTERNATIONAL: Bornstein earned 38 caps for the US national team, scoring two goals. He made his first appearance for the senior team and scored his first international goal against Denmark on January 20, 2007. He was in the squad for the 2010 World Cup and appeared twice in the tournament, and has also featured for the US in the Confederations Cup (2009 runners-up), Gold Cup (2007 winners, 2011 runners-up) and Copa América (2007).
OUTSIDE MLS: During his time in Mexico, Bornstein played for Tigres (2010-14), Atlante (2013-14) and Queretaro (2014-18). While playing in Mexico, the defender made 128 appearances and won the 2011-12 Liga MX championship, as well as the 2016-17 Copa MX and 2017 Supercopa MX titles. In 2018, Bornstein signed with Maccabi Netanya ahead of the 2018-19 Israeli Premier League campaign. During his time with the club, Bornstein made 36 appearances and 35 starts, totaling 3,163 minutes across all competitions.
COLLEGE: As a senior at UCLA, Bornstein started all 20 games, scoring 5 goals and registering 4 assists. Prior to his time with the Bruins, he played at Cal Poly Pomona, where in just two seasons he managed to ranked second in career assists (19), fifth in career goals (19) and third in career points (53).