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Once a Goat: Jonathan Bornstein among group of eight demoted players at Queretaro

From bad to worse, reportedly, for the former Chivas USA standout.

Bornstein (in a past Tigres performance) is still not seeing much playing time.
Bornstein (in a past Tigres performance) is still not seeing much playing time.

Times seem to have gotten even worse for former Chivas USA and U.S. Men's National Team star Jonathan Bornstein. The defender, who moved from Atlante to Queretaro this season, both on loan from parent club Tigres UANL, has not seen any action in Liga MX in the current 2014 Apertura campaign for the Gallos Blancos, and the situation has deteriorated.

ESPN reported on Wednesday (Spanish) that Bornstein is among eight players who have been demoted by Queretaro head coach Ignacio Ambriz, as he's apparently dissatisfied with the group's performances.

Along with Bornstein, Othoniel Arce, Jorge Gastelum, Dionicio Escalante, Sergio Santana, Amaury Escoto, Jorge Arturo Echevarria, and Mario Osuna have been separated from the first team and are reportedly going to either a lower division affiliate or the U-20 squad to train and play. The length of the separation, if it will last for the rest of the season (which will last until December) or not is unclear. While Osuna was apparently demoted due to a conflict with Ambriz, performance was the reported reason for the rest of the players' demotions.

Although Bornstein hasn't played in the league for Gallos Blancos, he's featured twice in the Copa MX this season, but Queretaro have been eliminated from that competition, and so it looks like his playing time had dried up anyway.

What does this mean for his future? That's unclear, of course. Maybe this will be a short stint away, or maybe it spells the end of his time as Ronaldinho's teammate. And since this is his second consecutive loan away from Tigres...we keep saying it with him, but maybe this time he's really at a crossroads now.

Who knows what will happen. Maybe he'll stay in Mexico, with some club, or maybe he'll finally return to MLS in January. Ironically, Chivas USA hold his MLS player rights, but if the club won't exist after this month, as has been reported, then maybe Bornstein will have more freedom to join a new club? If he leaps at the chance to sign back with MLS in the next transfer window, then the reasons for why he stayed in Mexico as his career completely stalled will become pretty obvious. But clearly we'll have to keep tabs on what happens next for him.

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