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By DAN KARELL
General managers in Major League Soccer, take notice. Carlos Bocanegra is available.
The former U.S. Men’s National Team captain has parted ways with his former club Rangers FC in Scotland, with the club’s own press release reporting a potential move to Chivas USA, not far from his roots in Alta Loma, California.
Many media reports have speculated a return to MLS for the 34-year-old defender who sat on the bench in the 2-1 USMNT defeat to Honduras last February and now sits on the periphery of the national team due to a lack of playing time with his club. Bocanegra spent last season on loan with Racing Santander in the Spanish second division, unable to help them avoid relegation for a second season on the trot.
The 110-time capped USMNT player made 23 starts last season for Racing, failing to score and picking up eight yellow cards.
If Bocanegra does return to MLS, he would have to enter the allocation process that current and former U.S. Men’s National Team players must go through (unless an MLS team holds their rights, as was the case with Clarence Goodson). Toronto FC currently are atop the allocation rankings, with the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders next in the order.
What do you make of the news? Do you see Bocanegra moving to back to MLS? Think he can help Chivas USA turn around a nightmare season?
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