Jared Borgetti went north after all, just not that far north.
Instead of heading to Major League Soccer, Jared Borgetti joined Monterrey of the Mexican first division. Although Borgetti already said he hoped to lead the league in goals, he's well past his sell-by date. In 1998, when Borgetti's best days were in front of him perhaps he could have lived up to those lofty aspirations. But time has caught up to Borgetti quickly.
Monterrey's biggest offseason acquisition, however, is not Borgetti but rather Robert de Pinho, who used to play for Atlas... and about a dozen other clubs. De Pinho left Atlas for PSV Eindhoven, later went to Real Betis and moved to Al-Ittihad, which coincidentally was Borgetti's former club. With Humberto Suazo an option up top, I don't think Borgetti will even see the field much except as a late-game substitute.
There was some buzz about Borgetti joining MLS and either going to Kansas City or Colorado. That he did not is nobody's loss. Borgetti is a relic, not a capable player. He's a shadow of his old self, which frankly was not that great to begin with. Yes, he's scored a ton of goals but he's not limber and doesn't play defense. He relies heavily on service and doesn't create many chances on his own.
Worse, his surly attitude can be cancerous. I think the moment I lost some respect for Borgetti was when he was with Pachuca in 2005. Pachuca were playing Chivas in a Copa Libertadores match. It was the second round and Pachuca were at Chivas and needed a win in the second leg to advance to the quarterfinals. Pachuca had gotten Jose Cardozo as a reinforcement and that apparently did not sit well with Borgetti. It got even worse for him when Cardozo started over Borgetti, who sat on the bench and fumed. In the second half, coach Jose Luis Trejo was going to make a substitution and called for Borgetti who just walked slowly toward his boss. Trejo asked Borgetti if he would go in the game. Borgetti looked at the field with a spacey look in his eyes and shook his head and said no. Trejo immediately motioned for another player to go in and Borgetti went and sat back down.
While he's scored the most-ever goals for the Mexican national team, Borgetti is not exactly a player I'd want on my team. He's a nice enough guy - though he blew all the media off after Mexico's 1-1 tie with Italy in the 2002 World Cup - but nice doesn't translate into "quality soccer player," which Borgetti is most certainly not.