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By IVES GALARCEP
Carlos Bocanegra was a fixture on the U.S. Men’s National Team for the better part of a decade, and wore the captain’s armband as recently as the end of 2012, which made his abrupt departure from the USMNT mix all the more surprising when Jurgen Klinsmann chose to go with a youth movement at centerback a year ago.
Bocanegra hasn’t said much about his departure from the team, but in my latest installment of the weekly Goal.com column The MLS Wrap, Bocanegra discusses his exit from the national team picture and more.
Don’t go looking for a slam job on Klinsmann. Bocanegra keeps things clean, and makes it clear he has no interest in stirring up a controversy with the USMNT just weeks away from the 2014 World Cup. What Bocanegra does provide is some insight into his decision to keep playing for the United States after the 2010 World Cup, and how he views his sudden exit from the picture.
Give the column a read and let me know what you think about Bocanegra’s exit from the national picture, and his comments about no longer being part of a team.
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