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Chivas coach, player take home honors

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Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein was named the 2006 rookie of the year while his coach, Bob Bradley, was named MLS coach of the year.

Bradley and Bornstein helped lead their club to a third place finish in the Western Conference standings and a berth in the 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs in the team's second year of existence. Chivas USA finished last in the Western Conference in 2005 with a record of 4-22-6. Bradley, with the help of young stars such as Bornstein and veteran leader Ante Razov, guided the team to a 10-9-13 record in 2006.

Bornstein, 21, a fourth round pick (37th overall) in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, was the resounding choice for Rookie of the Year. He started every game in his rookie season and logged 2,878 minutes, the most of any rookie and the most of any field player in the League. Bornstein beat out teammate Sacha Kljestan and Real Salt Lake's Mehdi Ballouchy for the award.

Bradley, in his first year with Chivas USA, orchestrated the club's turnaround from having the league's worst record in 2005. His teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season of his nine-year MLS head-coaching career. Bradley, the winningest coach in MLS history, also won Coach of the Year honors in 1998 when he led the Chicago Fire to the MLS Cup championship in its inaugural season. Bradley led the voting ahead of D.C. United head coach Peter Nowak and Chicago Fire head coach Dave Sarachan.