Jonny Watch: USA vs. Algeria

cdchivasusa.com intern Seth covers the USMNT during the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Seth Rubinroit, intern for cdchivasusa.com, will be sharing his opinions on the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the play of Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein and the rest of the U.S. Men's National Team as they strive for glory in South Africa. If you have opinions of your own that you would like to share, make sure to comment on the Chivas USA Official Facebook page - we want to hear what you have to say!

After his defense gave up two first-half goals against Slovenia in the team’s previous World Cup match, United States coach Bob Bradley decided that he needed to change his starting lineup. Bradley turned to a player he coached while managing Chivas USA in 2006: Jonathan Bornstein.

In Bradley’s only season coaching the Red-and-White, Bornstein flourished.

Bornstein was named the MLS Player of the Week, MLS Player of the Month, and MLS Rookie of the Year, while Bradley earned MLS Coach of the Year honors. The Goats clinched the first playoff birth in team history, and won their first playoff game.

In the United States’ 1-0 victory against Algeria on Wednesday, Bornstein started at left fullback, replacing Oguchi Onyewu in the starting lineup after not seeing any action in the United States’ first two World Cup matches. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra slid over to left center back to make room for Bornstein.

The move appeared to work. For the first time in the 2010 World Cup, the United States did not allow a goal in the first half.

In addition to his play on defense, Bornstein had a shot on goal in forty-fourth minute that went wide. Bornstein’s shot came off a pass from Landon Donavan of the Los Angeles Galaxy, proving that allegiance to country can supersede MLS rivalries.

Defense was the not the problem for the United States. The squad could not score, although the United States came close when Clint Dempsey was called offside in a controversial ruling that disallowed his goal. Bornstein was substituted for midfielder DaMarcus Beasley in the seventy-ninth minute in an attempt to create more offense. It was not until stoppage time that Landon Donovan scored the United States’ only goal.

The United States and England will advance to the second round from Group C. The United States’ next game will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT against the runner-up from Group D.

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