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Bornstein hoping for U.S. return - whether or not Klinsmann continues

Nov 18, 2016 3:37:49 PMAmericans Abroad
The Queretaro defender hasn't played for the United States since 2011 but would like to return to the national team no matter who is at the helm.

Queretaro defender Jonathan Bornstein says it's not his decision whether United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann continues to lead the Stars and Stripes but he would like to represent his country once again.

Bornstein last pulled on the red, white and blue in a calamitous showing in the 2011 Gold Cup final and had a few years of inaction with Tigres, who Queretaro faces Saturday in its final contest of the season. But a move to the Gallos Blanos has reignited his career, and the California native hopes he can get back into the team.

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That doesn't seem to be in Klinsmann's plans, but the manager's job is in jeopardy after the U.S. started the final round of World Cup qualification with a 2-1 loss to Mexico and a 4-0 defeat in Costa Rica.

"I’ve always said this isn’t the players’ decision. If I were in the team right now, I still wouldn’t be able to say if he should go or not," Bornstein said at a news conference Friday. "I also don’t know much because I haven’t been with the national team, though I want to get back into the team. They’re the United States federation’s decisions.

"As a player, I want to see the national team putting their best effort out there, at least competing at the best level. I was a little disappointed with the team because this is the first time in history to not get a point from the first round of the Hex, the way they lost in Costa Rica also is something that shouldn’t happen to the U.S. All those things have to be taken in mind when they’re looking at if Jurgen will continue."

Queretaro is out of playoff contention, though Bornstein did help the team to its first ever title when the Gallos lifted the Copa MX this season. The season finale comes against his former team, which the 32-year-old said adds an extra level of personal motivation.

"I want to show them it was a mistake to let me go. Maybe I didn't take the best advantage of my chances there, but it's all in the past," Bornstein said. Now I feel very good with Queretaro. I'm always a starter or regularly on the field, and I want to go there and win. I always want to win, but moreso against them. I always want to do well against them."


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