- U.S. National Team: MNT
- Position: Defender
- Date Of Birth: Nov. 7, 1984
- Height: 5-9
- Weight: 145
- Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.
- Club: UANL Tigres (La Primera Division de Mexico)
A speedy left back full of energy and commitment, Bornstein has proven his ability at that spot at the international level. Making his first appearance in a FIFA World Cup, Bornstein turned in one of the many standout performances for the team in the dramatic 1-0 victory against Algeria that set off huge celebrations here in the United States. While his appearances at left back are his bread and butter, it was his foray into the attack that cemented his place in U.S. Soccer lore when he tallied the game-tying goal in the waning seconds against Costa Rica to deliver the U.S. a 2-2 draw and first place in final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After five seasons at Chivas USA that began with Rookie of the Year honors in 2006, he moved south to join UANL Tigres in Mexico’s top flight.
- Started two matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 1-0 victory against Algeria and the Round of 16 game against Ghana
- His goal in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time helped the U.S. earn an emotional 2-2 draw against Costa Rica and first place in the final round World Cup qualifying group in 2009
- Wore the captain’s armband for the first time when he led the team in the 2-1 victory on Feb. 24, 2010, against El Salvador in Tampa
- Kicked off his MNT career with a bang in 2007, starting in his first cap against Denmark and scoring the game-winner in a 3-1 victory at The Home Depot Center
- One of only seven players to make more than 10 appearances in their first calendar year with the national team
- Drafted in the fourth round, he started every game during a fantastic rookie season with Chivas USA to win MLS Rookie of the Year honors
Attended UCLA after transferring from Cal Poly Pomona in 2004 … In his senior year for the Bruins, started every game of the season en route to scoring five goals and adding four assists … In three seasons at Cal Poly, he ranked second in career assists, fifth in career goals and third in career points … Played under National Soccer Hall of Famer Paul Caligiuri at Cal Poly Pomona.
Chronicled in a popular “first cap” all_access video on ussoccer.com in which he scored a goal and then presented his jersey to his father in the stands … Featured in Interview Magazine photo shoot prior to the 2010 World Cup … Lists Diego Maradona as the player he most admires … Comes from a mixed background of Jewish and Mexican heritage … An Oakland Raiders fan ever since trading jerseys with kicker Sebastian Janikowski, a former soccer player … Does a good deal of charity work, including the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, which raises money for children and families affected by cancer; the Wednesday’s Child Program, which helps increase adoptions of foster children; and the U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback Program, which donates soccer equipment to teams and players in need around the world.