[MLS SPOTLIGHT]The deal that sent midfielder Ben Zemanskifrom Chivas USA to the Portland Timbers for the rights to Jonathan Bornstein plus allocation money fits into the category of a win-win move for both teams. The trade sheds Chivas USA of another non-Hispanic player with the potential of adding a Mexican-American -- Bornstein's mother is Mexican -- and gives Portland coach Caleb Porteranother of the players he had at Akron.
Chivas USA, which is seeking to return to its roots as a Mexican-American club, comes closer to bringing back Bornstein, who won the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year award out of UCLA and spent five seasons with Chivas USA before signing as a free agent with Tigres. Unfortunately, he has rarely played in the four-plus torneos since his move to Monterrey.
Zemanski, 24, played in 72 regular-season matches in three seasons with Chivas USA. Also at Portland are Darlington Nagbe, David Meves and Michael Nanchoff with whom Zemanski played at Akron. The Timbers acquired the right of first refusal to Nanchoff from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 MLS Supplemental Draft.