Bocanegra to retire at end of 2014 season

Bocanegra to retire at end of 2014 season

U.S. Men's National Team

Bocanegra to retire at end of 2014 season

Carlos Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra is calling it a career.

The former U.S. Men’s National Team captain and Chivas USA defender has announced that he will retire from the sport at the end of the current MLS season.

Bocanegra made 110 appearances for the USMNT, playing in two World Cups and scoring 14 goals, most in U.S. history by a defender.

Drafted in 2000 by the Chicago Fire, the 35-year-old defender won MLS Rookie of the Year, MLS Defender of the Year (twice), and helped lead the Fire to a pair of U.S. Open Cup titles (2000, 2003) before moving to Europe, where he spent a decade. Bocanegra enjoyed stints in England, France, Spain and Scotland before returning to MLS in 2013 and signing with Chivas USA.

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