KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Former U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra was announced on Tuesday as the newest member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in recognition of his illustrious playing career.
The 41-year-old is the only member of the 2020 class, and he will be officially inducted along with the the 2021 class next year as the ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bocanegra's 15-year playing career started with Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire in 2000. In his first season with the team he would take home the league's Rookie of the Year award. In addition, he would help the Fire win two U.S. Open Cup titles.
Following three seasons with Chicago, the former UCLA Bruin headed to England where he signed with Fulham. Playing alongside fellow U.S. international Brian McBride, he would help the Londoners maintain their status in the English Premier League as he played several roles - center-back, left-back and midfielder. He would go on to play in over 100 games for the team over four seasons.
Bocanegra's club career would also see him make stops in France, where he played for Rennes and Saint-Etienne, Rangers in Scotland and Racing Santander in Spain.
However, most U.S. soccer fans will remember Bocanegra for representing his country. With 110 caps and 14 goals on his resume, he would go on to play in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He also formed a solid center-back pairing with Oguchi Oneywu on the international stage.
Now, a technical director with Atlanta United, Bocanegra will become the 305th person to enter the Hall of Fame based in Frisco, Texas.