Carlos Bocanegra

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Carlos Bocanegra
Carlos-Bocanegra.jpg
Bocanegra in March 2010
Personal information
Full name Carlos Manuel Bocanegra
Date of birth (1979-05-25) May 25, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Alta Loma, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Chivas USA
Number 3
Youth career
1997–1999 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Chicago Fire 87 (5)
2000 MLS Pro 40 (loan) 2 (0)
2004–2008 Fulham 116 (8)
2008–2010 Rennes 64 (2)
2010–2011 Saint-Étienne 35 (2)
2011–2013 Rangers 32 (2)
2012–2013 Racing Santander (loan) 23 (0)
2013– Chivas USA 30 (0)
National team
1999 United States U20 4 (0)
1999–2000 United States U23 7 (1)
2001–2012 United States 110 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 22, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 9, 2013

Carlos Manuel Bocanegra (born May 25, 1979) is an American professional soccer player for Chivas USA in Major League Soccer. A two-time former MLS Defender of the Year, Bocanegra has also played professionally in England, Scotland, France, and Spain.

He earned over 100 caps with the United States, serving as captain for six years.

Early life and education[edit]

Bocanegra was born in Upland, California on May 25, 1979, to Manuel and Kelly Bocanegra and raised in Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he attended Alta Loma High School. He has one brother, Diego, who played soccer at Grand Canyon College and attended UCLA in 1995–96. His father is of Mexican descent.[1] While attending UCLA, Bocanegra studied history and geography. Prior to attending UCLA, Bocanegra was offered scholarships for American football and soccer, but opted to for soccer, which he thought of choosing soccer as his career.[2]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Chicago Fire[edit]

After playing college soccer at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Bocanegra signed a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer and was drafted by the Chicago Fire with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. He spent most of the year with the Fire, playing two games on loan with Project 40.[3] He proceeded to win the MLS Rookie of the Year Award for a team that made it to the MLS Championship match and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He became one of the top defenders in MLS, becoming the first player to win the MLS Defender of the Year Award twice, in 2002 and 2003. Bocanegra scored five goals and had eight assists in his four years in MLS.

Bocanegra playing with Fulham

Fulham[edit]

Bocanegra was signed by Fulham in January 2004, quickly becoming a fan favorite, garnering the nickname the Jackal.[4] With Fulham, Bocanegra played primarily as a center back, but also as a left back and briefly as a holding midfielder.[5] During the 2006–07 Premier League season, he was Fulham's second leading scorer with five goals, behind fellow American Brian McBride.[6] On September 1, 2007, Bocanegra captained Fulham for the first time in a Premier League match, a come from behind 3–3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.[7][8] On September 15, 2007, he made his 100th appearance in the Premier League, all for Fulham, against Wigan Athletic.[9] He was released by Fulham on May 23, 2008.[10]

Rennes[edit]

Bocanegra was signed by Rennes in June 2008.[11] He received the number 3 shirt, which is his number for the United States. Bocanegra performed well in his first season in France, appearing in all 38 league matches. He scored his first league goal on March 8, 2009, in Stade Rennais's 2–0 victory over Auxerre.[12] He also scored a goal in a UEFA Cup match and started all the club's Coupe de France matches. These included the 2009 Coupe de France Final at the Stade de France on May 9, 2009, where he scored Stade Rennais' first goal against Guingamp, in the 69th minute.

Saint-Étienne[edit]

On July 16, 2010, Bocanegra was purchased by fellow Ligue 1 club Saint-Étienne for a reported fee of £400,000.[13] He wore the number three shirt, as he did captaining the U.S. during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[14] Bocanegra made his debut for the club, on the opening game of the season, in a 3-1 loss against PSG.[15] On 5 December 2010, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2-2 draw against Bordeaux; followed up his second goal in the Derby du Rhône, but couldn't helped Saint-Étienne a win, as they lost 4-1. Bocanegra would be often used in first team ins and out in his first season. In a match against Nice, on 17 October 2010, Bocanegra suffered whiplash injury, that will keep him out for three weeks.[16]

In the 2011-12 season, Bocanegra took the captaincy temporarily following Loïc Perrin absent, on the opening game of the season, as Saint-Étienne win 2-1 against Bordeaux.[17] This turned out to be his only appearance. He was linked with a move to Rangers, but was warned by Saint-Étienne that there are not to sell him.[18]

Rangers[edit]

On 17 August 2011 Bocanegra joined Scottish Premier League side Rangers, signing a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[19][20] Bocanegra made his début for Rangers against NK Maribor on 18 August 2011 in a UEFA Europa League qualifier. His involvement in this match later caused controversy when Maribor filed a complaint to UEFA regarding the eligibility of Bocanegra's appearance, questioning whether he had the required clearance and paperwork. The protest was rejected by UEFA on 24 August as Maribor did not submit it within twenty-four hours of the match.[21] The club's chief later described the complaint by Maribor regarding Bocanegra's eligibility as 'pathetic mischief making'.[22] He scored his first goal for Rangers in the second leg of the Maribor tie as Rangers crashed out 3–2 on aggregate.[23]

Bocanegra scored his first league goal for the club on the 24th of September against Dunfermline Athletic in a 4–0 win.[24] His second goal came three months later, on 17 December 2011, during a 2-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[25] Bocanegra quickly became a fan favourite after a series of solid and impressive performances alongside his centre-back partner, Dorin Goian.[citation needed] He was nicknamed Captain America by the Rangers fans and captained Rangers for the first time on 8 January 2012, during a 4–0 win over Arbroath in the Scottish Cup.

During the season, Rangers went into administration over financial problems and a dispute with HMRC, leading to a 10 point deduction. Bocanegra spoke about the event, describing it as a "horrible experience"[26] and encouraging players to light up the dejected fans.[27] He also stated his desire to stay at the club, insisting he was happy there.[28] During an "Old Firm" 3-2 victory, on 25 March 2012, Bocanegra received a straight red card after fouling Georgios Samaras, conceding a penalty.[29]

After the company which then ran Rangers FC went into liquidation in June 2012 the company's assets, including the players' contracts, were purchased by Charles Green's consortium. Although many players departed because of this, Bocanegra's future was uncertain after not attending training,[30] as he wanted to leave in order to play at a higher level.[31] A few weeks later, on 29 July 2012, McCoist appointed Bocanegra captain for the first round of the Challenge Cup- a 2-1 win over Brechin City.[32] After the game Bocanegra announced his intention to stay, vowing not to walk away from the club.[33] He then made six appearances at the start of the season. After being dropped by the national team,[34] Bocanegra joined Racing de Santander on a season-long loan in an attempt to keep his international career alive.[35]

Racing Santander[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Bocanegra joined Spanish Segunda División side Racing Santander on a season-long loan. Bocanegra expressed a desire to return to Rangers once his loan deal has expired.[35][36] He made his debut for the club, on 22 September 2012, in a 1-0 win over CD Mirandés.[37] However, his time at Santander was "disastrous",[citation needed] as he was an unused substitute for the remainder of the matches, though played regularly but mostly coming on as an substitute. The club was relegated to next division.

On 9 April 2013, Carlos announced on his Twitter page that he would return to Rangers for the 2013–14 season.[38] Though announcing his return, U.S. National Team Manager Jürgen Klinsmann warned Carlos not to play for Rangers next season.[39]

Bocanegra with the USA in 2010

Chivas USA[edit]

On 29 June 2013, it was announced that Bocanegra had left Rangers and was seeking a return to MLS, having previously admit to return there the year before.[40] Bocanegra signed for MLS club Chivas USA on July 1, 2013. Chivas USA traded up the allocation order with Toronto FC to land his signature, sending a first-round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick and an international slot to the Canadian club.[41]

International[edit]

Bocanegra played for the United States at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and earned his first senior cap for the U.S. on December 9, 2001, against South Korea. He became a stalwart for the team in 2003, solidifying his position during the 2003 Gold Cup and leading all defenders with thirteen appearances during that year. During World Cup qualification in 2005, his role with the national team became less clear, as he bounced between roles at center back and left back. On May 2, 2006, Bocanegra was named to the United States World Cup roster for the tournament in Germany. He started two of three games at left back during the 2006 World Cup.

Bocanegra was first-choice captain of the U.S. squad under manager Bob Bradley. Bocanegra captained the national team for the first time in a 4–1 U.S. victory in a June 2, 2007, friendly against China.[42] Bocanegra captained the United States national team that defeated No. 1 ranked Spain to win one of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final games on June 24, 2009.[43] He then continued his leadership duties throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting at left back against England and Slovenia and then as the left-center back against Algeria and Ghana.

On November 15, 2011, Bocanegra joined the 100 cap club achieving his 100th international cap in a friendly against Slovenia. In March 2013, Bocanegra was initially included on the preliminary team for the start of the final stage of World Cup qualification; he did not make the final team however. Bocanegra's further exclusion from qualification, in part due to his unstable club situation, led to the appointment of Clint Dempsey as captain of the USMNT. Bocanegra was subsequently not a part of the team at the 2013 Gold Cup. Since then, with Jurgen Klinsmann preferring younger options at the back such as Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez, the former captain's time with the U.S. appears to have come to an end.

Statistics[edit]

As of September 9, 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
United States League Open Cup MLS Cup North America Total
2000 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 27 1 4 0 6 0 0 0 37 1
2001 15 1 2 0 6 1 0 0 23 2
2002 26 2 1 0 3 0 3 1 33 3
2003 19 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 27 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Fulham Premier League 15 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2004–05 28 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 35 1
2005–06 20 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 1
2006–07 30 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 34 5
2007–08 22 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2008–09 Rennes Ligue 1 38 1 5 1 0 0 2 1 45 3
2009–10 26 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 29 1
2010–11 Saint-Étienne 34 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 36 2
2011–12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Rangers Scottish Premier League 29 2 2 0 1 0 2 1 34 3
2012–13 Scottish Third Division 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 7 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2012–13 Racing de Santander Segunda División 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
United States League Open Cup MLS Cup North America Total
2013 Chivas USA Major League Soccer 12 0 12 0
2014 18 0 0 0 18 0
Total United States 117 5 11 0 19 1 3 1 150 7
England 115 8 13 0 5 0 0 0 133 8
France 99 4 8 1 2 0 2 1 111 6
Scotland 32 2 2 0 3 0 4 1 41 3
Spain 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Career total 383 19 34 1 29 1 10 3 446 24

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 18, 2003 Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, United States  Canada
1 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly
2. February 13, 2003 National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica
1 – 0
2 – 1
Friendly
3. July 23, 2003 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Brazil
1 – 0
1 – 2
2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. July 26, 2003 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Costa Rica
1 – 1
3 – 2
2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. July 11, 2004 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Poland
1 – 1
1 – 1
Friendly
6. June 8, 2005 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama
1 – 0
3 – 0
Q 2006 World Cup
7. June 16, 2007 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Panama
2 – 0
2 – 1
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8. September 9, 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Brazil
1 – 0
2 – 4
Friendly
9. March 26, 2008 Wisla Stadium, Kraków, Poland  Poland
1 – 0
3 – 0
Friendly
10. August 20, 2008 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala
1 – 0
1 – 0
Q 2010 World Cup
11. June 6, 2009 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Honduras
2 – 1
2 – 1
Q 2010 World Cup
12. March 3, 2010 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands
1 – 2
1 – 2
Friendly
13. June 8, 2012 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  Antigua and Barbuda
1 – 0
3 – 1
Q 2014 World Cup
14. October 16, 2012 Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, United States  Guatemala
1 – 1
3 – 1
Q 2014 World Cup

Honors[edit]

United States

Chicago Fire

Personal awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bleacher Report: Carlos Bocanegra: Happy Cinco De Mayo, Gringos!
  2. ^ "Exclusive interview: Carlos Bocanegra, Rangers' well-travelled defender, on Rabbie Burns, positivity and and how football wasn't his first choice". Herald Scotland. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  3. ^ 2000 MLS Project 40
  4. ^ Bocanegra Joins Fulham (Accessed 27 November 2013)
  5. ^ [1] (Accessed 27 November 2013)
  6. ^ Bocanegra talks Fulham, Gold Cup, and more (Accessed 20 September 2007)
  7. ^ Boca's Pride (Accessed 27 November 2013)
  8. ^ Bocanegra proud to lead (Accessed 27 November 2013)
  9. ^ Braine, Matthew (17 September 2007). "Americans in England: Deuce on the Loose". goal.com. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bocanegra heads Fulham clear-out". BBC Sport. May 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ Bocanegra happy with Rennes move (Assessed 27 November 2013)
  12. ^ Ligue 1: Rennes beat Auxerre, La Havre win
  13. ^ Carlos Bocanegra has been to sold Saint-Etienne
  14. ^ "OFFICIAL: USA Defender Carlos Bocanegra Joins Saint-Etienne". Goal.com. 16 July 1010. 
  15. ^ "Bocanegra makes debut for Saint-Etienne". Vegas Insider. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bocanegra out three weeks" [Bocanegra out trois semaines] (in French). L'Equipe. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "American Exports: Altidore strikes in AZ debut". MLS Soccer. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "St Etienne warn Gers off Carlos". Sky Sports. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rangers sign Bocanegra". SPFL. 18 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Rangers ace Dorin Goian: I'm not worried about being partnered by new boy Carlos Bocanegra in Maribor". Daily Record. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Maribor's Carlos Bocanegra protest thrown out by Uefa". BBC Sport. 24 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Rangers brand complaint over Carlos Bocanegra 'pathetic mischief making'". Daily Record. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Rangers 1–1 NK Maribor (agg 2–3)". BBC Sport. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "SPL: Dunfermline 0 Rangers 4". Daily Record. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "SPL: Rangers 2 Inverness 1". Daily Record. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Rangers stopper Carlos Bocanegra: I don't regret move to Glasgow even though administration has been horrible experience". Daily Record. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ranger star Carlos Bocanegra: Players want to help raise spirits of our fans during difficult time". Daily Record. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Carlos Bocanegra: I want to stay at Rangers because I'm happy here". Daily Record. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Rangers 3 - 2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "Rangers: Players attend Murray Park for fitness tests". BBC Sport. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  31. ^ "US stars set to depart lowly Rangers". Fox Sport. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Ramsdens Cup: Brechin City 1-2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  33. ^ "Carlos: I may not walk away from Rangers". Evening Times. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  34. ^ "Rangers duo dumped by their national sides". Daily Record. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  35. ^ a b "Rangers: Carlos Bocanegra joins Racing Santander on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  36. ^ "Carlos Bocanegra's Spanish move on brink of falling through". Daily Record. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  37. ^ "The sum Racing Anduva his third consecutive win (0-1" [El Racing suma en Anduva su tercer triunfo consecutivo (0-1)] (in Spanish). Real Racing Club de Santander. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  38. ^ "Carlos Bocanegra Official Twitter account". Twitter. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  39. ^ "Klinsmann advises Carlos Bocanegra against Rangers return". Goal.com. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  40. ^ "Rangers in crisis: Ibrox star Carlos Bocanegra admits he's keen for a return to MLS". Daily Record. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  41. ^ "Ex-USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra joins Chivas USA, returns to MLS after near decade in Europe". MLS Soccer. 1 July 2013. 
  42. ^ "World Cup 2010 – Carlos Bocanegra". BBC Sport. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  43. ^ U.S. National Team Upsets Top-Ranked Spain, 2–0, June 24, 2009
  44. ^ "Captain Carlos: Bocanegra Reflects on his Captaincy, Memorable Moments and What it All Means to Him". U.S. Soccer. May 31, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steven Davis
Rangers captain
2012
Succeeded by
Lee McCulloch