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D Bornstein to return to MLS with Fire

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Former MLS Rookie of the Year Jonathan Bornstein is back in the league after signing a deal Monday with the Chicago Fire.

The defender was signed from Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Netanya, where he made 36 appearances since joining the club last year. His new deal with the Fire runs through the end of the 2020 season with a club option for 2021.

The Fire moved up to the No. 1 spot in the MLS waiver wire order to acquire Bornstein. The spot was acquired from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in 2020 targeted allocation money.

Bornstein, 34, played for Chivas USA from 2006-10, earning top rookie honors that first season. He was a two-time MLS All-Star in 2007 and 2008.

A native of Torrance, Calif., Bornstein scored nine goals during his time with now-defunct Chivas USA before moving on to Mexico’s Liga MX, where he played for Tigres de la UANL, Atlante and Queretaro.

He also made 38 appearances for the United States Men’s National Team, helping the team win the 2007 Gold Cup.

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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