Bocanegra announces plans to retire

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Former U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra announced plans to retire at the conclusion of the current MLS season with Chivas USA. He suffered a concussion in July and has missed the last seven MLS matches during which Chivas USA is winless.

Bocanegra, who captained the USA at the 2010 World Cup, returned to MLS in 2013 after parts of 10 seasons in England, France, Scotland and Spain.

"I'm still hungry for the game and I want to play," he said in a statement, "but unfortunately you can't play forever. I was thinking about this in the offseason, and it took me about six months to come to a final decision. The timing is right for me.  I've known for a little while now in my mind and in my heart. I'm happy with it, and I'm looking forward to the new challenges.”

He had begun his career with the Chicago Fire in 2000 when he was MLS Rookie of the Year. He earned back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year honors  in 2002 and 2003 before moving to Fulham in January 2004. He also played for Rennes and St. Etienne in France, Rangers in Scotland and Racing Santander in Spain.

Bocanegra made 110 career appearances for the national team. He has not been called into the national team since the first game of the 2013 Hexagonal when U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann introduced Omar Gonzalez and Geoff Cameron as his center backs.

5 comments about "Bocanegra announces plans to retire".
  1. Joseph Pratt, September 5, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

    And his age is...?

  2. Walt Pericciuoli, September 5, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.

    A good soldier. Congratualtions on a fine career.

  3. Chris Cameron, September 5, 2014 at 12:09 p.m.

    He is 35. Legend.

  4. Bret Newman, September 5, 2014 at 1:25 p.m.

    He's got my vote for the US Soccer HOF.

  5. Chris Sapien , September 8, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

    Had the opportunity to talk with CB a couple times including last winter during the NCAA play-offs! Always a class-act and formidable defender! Was very disappointed he went from captaining several semi-final qualifiers in '12, as well as his WC veteran experiences, to not even given a chance at Brazil '14. Still no one wants to explain how that fiasco happened. Good Luck Carlos, and thanks for your service!!

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