Chivas USA have already made a couple of moves this transfer window, and one more big one could be on the horizon: reports in the Spanish-language press claim former Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein could return to his first professional team this summer. This article from La Aficion (Spanish) says that "he is in talks with some clubs in the United States" and that the deal from his current team, Tigres UANL, could be done by next week.
In his article on the report on MLSsoccer.com, Tom Marshall notes that neither Bornstein, his agent, or Chivas USA responded to the rumor as of this morning.
Chivas USA would appear to be a likely destination for Bornstein to return to in MLS, if he does indeed want to come back to the states. He of course played for the Goats between 2006-10, becoming the joint-top appearances leader for the club, and winning MLS Rookie of the Year in 2006, and an MLS Best XI selection in 2007. He was also a consistent presence on the U.S. Men's National Team during his time with Chivas, appearing in the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2011 Gold Cup, among other tournaments and matches.
On top of that, Chivas have Bornstein's MLS player rights. The Portland Timbers selected Bornstein in the 2010 Expansion Draft, then traded them to Chivas this spring in exchange for Ben Zemanski. Although the regulations regarding the type and duration of player rights remains murky, it appears that those rights exist in perpetuity, and as a result, Chivas have the claim over Bornstein in the league.
Whether Bornstein is receptive to return to the Goats or wants to go to a different team in the league is of course unclear, but even if he didn't want to come back to Chivas, the team that would theoretically want to sign him would have to give Chivas compensation for Bornstein's rights. But that's thinking pretty far ahead at this point.
For the moment, this story remains in the "rumor" category, though it is quite likely we could be heading more on the matter in the coming days, especially if Bornstein will indeed be coming back to Chivas. And with the Goats currently without a proper left back, and Bornstein having hardly played in the last few years, this could be a match made in heaven.
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