The center back joins Chivas USA from Spanish Segunda Division’s Real Racing de Santander, where he was on loan from Scottish side Rangers FC since Aug. 31, 2012.
Despite being sidelined for a month with a left hamstring injury suffered while on National Team duty last November, Bocanegra became a strong piece in Racing’s defensive line, starting in all 23 games played for the Spanish team.
Bocanegra began his professional career with the Chicago Fire, as he was drafted fourth overall out of UCLA in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. An established starter with the Fire, the 2000 MLS Rookie of the Year – who also earned back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year (2002 & ’03) honors – helped his team reach the 2000 MLS Cup Championship as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup finals in 2000 and 2003.
In January of 2004, the U.S. international made his jump to Europe, becoming an instant addition to English Premier League Fulham FC’s backline. In his four years with the London side, Bocanegra appeared in a total of 133 games, scoring eight goals while becoming one of the few USMNT captains to wear both his club’s and National Team’s armband simultaneously.
After his time in the Premier League, the left-footed defender moved to the French Ligue 1 where he played for Stade Rennes Football Club (2008-10) and AS Saint Étienne (2010-12) before signing with Rangers FC.
A local U.S. Men’s National Team product from Upland, Calif. Bocanegra was a member of the USMNT U-20 team that participated in the 1999 World Youth Championship in Nigeria and the U-23 1999 Pan-American Bronze Medalists.
Bocanegra made his National Team debut against South Korea on Dec. 9, 2003, and with 116 caps, became the 12th U.S. player to surpass the 100 mark.
A critical leader both on and off the field, he has led the National Team’s backline in two FIFA World Cups (Germany 2006; South Africa 2010), a Confederations Cup (South Africa 2009) and to four Gold Cup Finals (2002; ’07; ’09; ’11), where they twice came away champions (2002; ’07).