Bocanegra signs season-long loan deal with Racing Santander

Bocanegra signs season-long loan deal with Racing Santander

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Bocanegra signs season-long loan deal with Racing Santander

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Bocanegra has found a new club to call home for the upcoming season, and it is one that is currently in Spain's second division.

Bocanegra has signed with Racing Santander on a season-long loan from Rangers, the Spanish club announced on its webstie on Friday. Racing Santander will be the sixth club the 33-year-old Bocanegra has played for in his career, but it will be the first one that is based in Spain.

The deal, which came hours before the summer transfer window closed, means all three Americans who were on Rangers last season have secured moves elsewhere after the historic club went through a financial crisis that resulted in it getting demoted to the fourth tier in Scottish soccer. The U.S. men's national team captain's former Rangers teammates, Alejandro Bedoya and Maurice Edu, moved to Helsingborgs IF and Stoke City, respectively.

The move should help keep Bocanegra in the U.S. team picture as they continue in their qualifying efforts for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, something which had come in question due to him plying his trade with Rangers in the lower depths of Scottish soccer.

Racing, which have fallen on their own hard times financially, are currently last in the standings in the Seguna Division after two rounds of matches.

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