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Chicago adds 2010 World Cup qualifying hero Bornstein

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There’s probably part of you who thinks Jonathan Bornstein is on an MLS staff somewhere, that he’s about 46 years old, and the news that he’s joined the Chicago Fire means he’s taken a coaching role like Josh Wolff (who is only 42. Don’t age shame).

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And we’ll admit that “Chicago adds Jonathan Bornstein” gave us similar vibes, because, hey, didn’t this cat score an amazing, World Cup berth-clinching goal against Costa Rica at RFK in 2009? Yes! He was! I was there with my sister and a couple of buddies, and it was awesome.

Bornstein was, however, just 25 then and a member of Chivas USA (That was an MLS team, young bucks). Bob Bradley drafted him out of UCLA and turned him into a left back.

Now 34 and still a left back, Bornstein spent 2010-present outside of the United States. He’s played in Mexico for Queretaro, Tigres, and Atlante, as well as Israel last season with Maccabi Netanya. He won a Copa MX, a Supercopa MX, and an Apertura title while south of the border.

From Chicago-Fire.com:

“We began pursuing Jonathan back in January but, unfortunately, his insertion into the lineup made him too invaluable to his former club,” said Chicago Fire President and General Manager Nelson Rodrίguez. “In addition to providing a steady presence and competition on the field, we believe Jonathan will be an excellent mentor for our younger players.”

As a returning USMNT international, even no caps since 2011, Chicago had to send $50,000 to Columbus for the top spot in the allocation order.

Bornstein will hope to help Chicago turn around a miserable season which began with such promise. Chicago has been extremely unlucky this season, with a difference of minus-11.7 between expected goals and goals scored.

And I will continue to remember nearly throwing my beverage miles into the air from the upper deck at RFK. Thanks for the memories, Jonathan.

Americans Abroad preview: USMNT No. 1 and No. 2 goalkeepers meet

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Now that they have the long flights out of their legs from international duty, United States national teamers abroad should be ready to return to full action this weekend.

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Here is a list of just a handful of American players who will be on television this weekend:

ENGLAND

• Stoke City’s American contingent of Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea (who reportedly wants to go on loan to get more playing time) take on Manchester United (Saturday, 9:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

• The two best goalkeepers for the U.S., according to their current rank on the team, go head to head for the first time this season on Saturday. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host Tim Howard and Everton (10 a.m., NBC Sports Live Extra). The next day, Howard makes his broadcasting debut as color commentator for NBCSN’s broadcast of Chelsea vs. Manchester City (11:30 a.m.).

• Earlier on Sunday, Jozy Altidore looks to return to Sunderland’s starting lineup in the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United (9 a.m., NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

GERMANY

• FC Nürnberg travels to VfB Stuttgart on Friday (2:30 p.m., GolTV) with Timmy Chandler in tow. With a win, Nürnberg could climb out of the relegation playoff place near the bottom of the Bundesliga table.

• Despite recent struggles with a knee injury, Jermaine Jones played 71 minutes for Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday. His team resumes league play with a tough match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (9:30 a.m., GolTV).

FRANCE

Alejandro Bedoya received high praise from U.S. head coach Jürgen Klinsmann in a Q&A on the U.S. Soccer site today. His club team, FC Nantes, hosts Lille on Friday (2:25 p.m., beIN Sport).

ITALY

• Finally, Michael Bradley was back in the game-day roster for AS Roma last weekend, in its win over Napoli. On Sunday, American fans can watch and hope he will make his full return from an ankle injury (9:55 a.m., beIN Sport), as he still has not played since the pre-game warmup at Costa Rica.

MEXICO

• Club Tijuana — or Tijuanamerica, with the number of U.S. internationals on the squad — meets Tigres UANL on Friday (10:25 p.m., ESPN Deportes or WatchESPN). Édgar CastilloGreg GarzaJoe CoronaHérculez Gómez and Paul Arriola should all be available for the Xolos, while Jonathan Bornstein has found playing time scarce for Tigres this season.

• DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco of Puebla return to Estadio Azteca when they travel to play Club América on Saturday (5:55 p.m., Univision).

ICYMI: Djimi Traore’s goal, Seattle’s comeback are still amazing

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We took you through it last night, and although in the interim you may have found these yourself, the highlights are still worth a few more moments of your time.

One thing to notice is how quickly this night changed for young DeAndre Yedlin. The 19-year-old right back was muscled off the ball in the first half ahead of Tigres’ seemingly vital away goal. On a pass played behind him by Jonathan Bornstein, Yedlin lost a battle picked by Alberto Acosta. Moments later, a ball was sent across Michael Gspurning’s box, and Elias Hernandez had Tigres up two.

Fast forward to the second half, and a pressing Seattle still hadn’t found a way to break through. Then on a ball sent out of the Tigres area after a corner, Yedlin one-times a prayer, one that catches a Tigres player before going in the right side of goal.

Unfortunately, neither the first half challenge nor the Yedlin goal are in the above package, provided by FOX Soccer, though they did clip something special for you, below.

Young players have up-and-down nights, but Yedlin’s was a particularly steep roller coaster. But thanks to the final score, people will remember the good part: Yedlin scoring his first professional goal: