Borja Thrilled with MLS Debut

Defender soaks up late minutes in win over San Jose

Chivas USA defender Carlos Borja made his
MLS debut on Saturday evening, coming on as a sub in the 79th minute
to help the Red-and-White to a 3-2 victory over the visiting San Jose
Earthquakes.

But
while the minutes may have been his first in MLS, Borja is no stranger to the
league or to the Chivas name.

Borja started his professional career with Chivas
USA,
serving as a member of the first team in the 2006 season. The 22 year-old
didn’t make any MLS appearances, but played in a number of games with the
Red-and-White reserves.

Borja then spent two years in Mexico with sister team Chivas de
Guadalajara, playing primarily in the Primera A division with affiliate team CD
Tapatio. Borja then returned to Chivas USA this season, signing a contract on
March 25th.

“I felt good on my debut,” Borja said after Saturday’s
match. “I was a little nervous in my first minutes, but as the game went on, I
got more comfortable. More importantly, I’m just glad the team got three
points.”

Borja entered Saturday’s game in the 79th minute as a
substitute for injured Chivas USA center-back Michael Umaña. Borja slotted into
the left-back position behind midfielder Jesus Padilla, which pushed Jonathan
Bornstein into the middle.

“I know [Jesus] from Mexico, so he and I have good
chemistry,” said Borja. “And I know Bornstein from when I was here a few years
ago. I know the guys and I know what their tendencies are, so I think we all
feel comfortable. I didn’t feel out of place or anything.”

While Borja was certainly pleased with the game that both he
and his teammates had on Saturday, he’s careful not to get ahead of himself. He
understands that there is still work to be done.

“There are a lot of things that we can all improve on,” he
said. “For me, it’s one vesus one marking. But as time goes by, I’m sure that
I’ll get a better feel for it.”

For now, Borja is content to return to training and continue
to work hard as Chivas USA prepares for a pivotal road match at Chicago on
Saturday.

“I just have to keep working hard day to day,” said Borja. “Coach
has told us that whoever is playing well will be in the first XI. I just want
to keep working hard and try to keep getting minutes, and hopefully I take
advantage of that.”