So we used an it's-worth-a-shot expansion draft pick on Robbie Findley which probably isn't going to bear fruit, but we also used one on Jonathan Bornstein and there may actually be some opportunity there.
Now we're all mad at him right now because he got scorched against Mexico, but I think Bornstein is a guy who could come in and provide some (international) experience and talent in our defense and replace an underwhelming (God bless him) Rodney Wallace.
From Geoffrey Arnold:
After his shaky performance in Saturday's Gold Cup final, the Portland Timbers may want to rethink their initial desire of trying to persuade Jonathan Bornstein to return to Major League Soccer and play in Portland.While I think Arnold is absolutely wrong about rethinking Bornstein's value to the Timbers after his performance against Mexico (for a number of reasons), the information about his run in Mexico is very interesting. He isn't playing and he very likely isn't happy.
Remember, the Timbers used a pick in the MLS expansion draft to select Bornstein, even though they knew he was going to sign with the UANL Tigres of the Mexican Primera division. However, Bornstein appeared in only seven of the Tigres' 19 games, starting four, in the 2011 Clasura season and is rumored to be unhappy in Mexico.
I'd be thrilled to have him in Portland.
Strong and Sporting News writer Brian Straus had an interesting discussion about Bornstein on Talk Timbers earlier tonight as well. Straus thinks Bornstein can definitely help us.
What are your thoughts about adding Bornstein? Is anyone very familiar with his play and role (leadership?) for Chivas?
Besides, there's a Jeld-Wen fan group opportunity already built in to this move: The Bornstein Bears.
[Geoff note: Just cleaned it up a bit to make it front page worthy. Definitely a topic of conversation to explore!]