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Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein gets invitation from Honduras' leader

October 15, 2009 |  1:42 pm

Jon Jonathan Bornstein's dramatic last-minute goal for the U.S. against Costa Rica on Wednesday night has earned the Chivas USA defender an invitation from the de facto president of Honduras to visit the Central American country as an honored guest.

After declaring today a national holiday in celebration of Honduras qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Roberto Micheletti said Bornstein would not even need a visa to visit.

"We'll bring this gringuito who scored on the header," Micheletti told reporters in Tegucigalpa, the capital. "He doesn't need a visa to come here to Honduras. We'll thank him."

Micheletti said he would take Bornstein on a free trip to the Islas de la Bahia (Bay Islands) in recognition of his goal, which not only earned the U.S. a 2-2 tie at RFK Stadium in Washington but also secured Honduras its first World Cup place in 27 years, at the expense of Costa Rica, which was only seconds away from qualifying.

No word on what the president of Costa Rica has in mind for Bornstein.

-- Grahame L. Jones

Photo: Jonathan Bornstein celebrates after scoring the tying goal in USA's World Cup qualifying victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday. Credit: Win McNamee / Getty Images