Jonathan Bornstein scores decisive goal, puts Queretaro in Liga MX finals
It had been quite some time since Jonathan Bornstein found the back of the net, but just like his last goal, this one made him a hero in another part of the CONCACAF region.
Bornstein, whose goal for the USA against Costa Rica in a 2009 World Cup qualifier sealed Honduras's place in the 2010 World Cup and set off celebrations in the Central American nation, capped Queretaro's Liga MX semifinal comeback on Pachuca with a goal that put the club into the Clausura final, where it will meet Santos Laguna.
Bornstein, 30, had gone over four years without a first-team competitive goal since that night at RFK Stadium, but he picked his spot to return to the scoresheet perfectly. Queretaro entered the second leg of the semifinal trailing 2-0, but Angel Sepulveda's 13th-minute goal sliced the deficit in half. That set the stage for Bornstein, who latched onto a ball over the top in the 50th minute and turned in a composed, left-footed finish.
The goal pulled the teams even on aggregate, but Queretaro advanced by virtue of being the higher seed, which is the tiebreaker in Liga MX with the teams even on away goals.
Ronaldinho, whose free kick goal put Queretaro into the semifinals, didn't play in the second leg after reportedly leaving the stadium altogether after being subbed off early in the first leg. That left the heroics to Bornstein, who had found first-team playing time hard to come by in Mexico since leaving Chivas USA and MLS in 2010, but is now two games away from claiming a winner's medal in Mexico.
Bornstein and Queretaro, coached by legendary Mexican Victor Manuel Vucetich, begin the two-legged final against Santos Laguna–which ousted Chivas Guadalajara with a 3-0 second-leg triumph–on Thursday.