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Once a Goat: Jonathan Bornstein powers Queretaro to Liga MX final

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Jonny B. adds another iconic goal to his highlight reel.

Bornstein wrote his name into Queretaro lore on Sunday.
Bornstein wrote his name into Queretaro lore on Sunday.
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We've spent a fair amount of time over the years writing about Jonathan Bornstein's struggles in Mexico. After leaving Chivas USA in 2010 and signing with Tigres for the following season on a free, Bornstein has played sparingly, though he has gotten more traction in loan spells, including one at Atlante when they were still in Liga MX, and most recently at Queretaro.

The former US international, who scored a key goal to send Honduras to the World Cup in 2010 and is beloved in that country, marked another key moment in his career on Sunday, as he scored the clinching goal for the Gallos Blancos against Pachuca in the Liga MX liguilla semifinals, sending Queretaro to their first-ever Liga MX final.

Here's the big moment:

After nearly five years of barely playing, Bornstein has gotten a good run with Gallos Blancos under current coach Victor Manuel Vucetich, one of the best Mexican coaches around (his unfairly short stint as Mexican national team boss notwithstanding). Bornstein has played in eleven games this season, including all four playoff games thus far, and based on his performance, he'll likely be on the field in the final series as well.

Speaking of which, Queretaro goes up against Santos Laguna for their first-ever Liga MX title, with the two games coming on Thursday and Sunday. Santos Laguna have seen far more success in recent years, and will be favorites to take the league, although Queretaro are technically the higher seed and will have the second leg at home. Can Queretaro see Bornstein's heroics through and clinch the title? Either way, it's nice to see some long-awaited success come to Bornstein, especially after his long time in the wilderness.

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