Aug. 2, 2006
Former Bruin Jonathan Bornstein was named MLS Player of the Month for July. The rookie from Chivas USA scored four goals during the month and played every minute in all six of the team's league matches in July.
Bornstein, who was a fourth-round draft choice in January's MLS SuperDraft, has played in three different positions for Chivas USA, scoring goals from all three spots. He has totaled four goals this year, all coming in the month of July.
His first MLS goal came as a midfielder on July 1 in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas. His second and third goals came as a forward in a 3-3 draw versus the Colorado Rapids on July 20, and his finally tally of the month came as a defender on July 26 in a 3-3 draw against Real Salt Lake.
Bornstein has started in all 20 matches he has played this season and has tallied more minutes than any other Chivas USA player (1799). He leads all MLS rookies in minutes played, missing just one minute of play. Chivas USA has used Bornstein primarily as a defender. Bornstein was a forward in 2005 for the Bruins and a midfielder in 2004.
The MLS Player of the Month is selected following the last game of each month throughout the regular season by a panel of journalists from the Professional Soccer Reporters Association (PSRA). The PSRA votes among players nominated by their respective teams.
A week ago, Bornstein was named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 11 after his two-goal performance against Colorado.