Jonny Watch: USA vs. Ghana
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!
United States coach Bob Bradley gave Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein an opportunity against Algeria, and he flourished, helping the United States shutout their opponent for the first time in the 2010 World Cup. Bradley rewarded Bornstein by allowing him to start against Ghana for the second consecutive match after he did not see any action in the United States’ first two World Cup matches.
Bornstein was substituted out in the seventy-ninth minute against Algeria, but he played the entire match in the United States’ 2-1 loss to Ghana in extra time.
After allowing a quick goal in the fifth minute, the United States defense rebounded, holding Ghana scoreless for the rest of regulation. Landon Donovan scored the only goal for the United States on a penalty kick, causing the game to go extra time.
In extra time, Ghana again scored quickly, converting what proved to be the winning goal in the ninety-third minute.
The result mirrored 2006, when Ghana knocked the United States out of group play with the same score. At the time, Bornstein was a rookie with Chivas USA, playing under future United States national team head coach Bob Bradley.
In addition to his play on defense, Bornstein was fouled just outside of the offensive box in the 109th minute, giving the United States a free kick.
As the Red-And-White return to the playing field after the two-week World Cup break tonight vs. FC Dallas, the Goats anxiously await Bornstein’s return to Carson.
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