The Chicago Fire are set to re-sign veteran defender Jonathan Bornstein, the club announced today. Bornstein will sign a one-year contract to play with the Fire in 2022, his fourth season with the club.
The move is not a surprise as new head coach Ezra Hendrickson and sporting director Georg Heitz alluded to Bornstein's return during Hendrickson's introductory press conference.
"I think maybe that some leadership [issues] might need fixing as far as in the locker room," Hendrickson said. "We are working right now currently to bring some guys in to help nurture these young players in, and then we have guys like (Jonathan) Bornstein here who are great leaders who we are going to look to to help bring along the young talent."
Heitz confirmed Bornstein's re-signing when following up about specific veterans returning. "[Ezra] has already spoken about Jonathan Bornstein. This also means that you can be sure that Jonathan will be with us in the next season."
Since joining the club in 2019, Bornstein has made 61 appearances (49 starts). Bornstein made 30 appearances (25 starts) during the 2021 campaign, the second-most appearances the veteran has made in a single season.
Bornstein performed well in 2021, leading the team in interceptions (81) and clearances (11). He ranked third on the team in aerial duels won (63).