Captain Carlos: Bocanegra Reflects on his Captaincy, Memorable Moments and What it All Means to Him
Carlos Bocanegra, now a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, has developed into a confident leader and was one of five U.S. players to play every minute in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His national team career began with appearances for the U.S. U-20 and U-23s, and he made his debut appearance with the full National Team on Dec. 9, 2001, against the Korea Republic. Bocanegra’s scoring prowess from set pieces continues to be a trademark, his 12 career goals now just one shy of the record for U.S. defenders. The 2003 MLS Defender of the year now has eight seasons in Europe under his belt, starting at Fulham in the English Premier League before moving across the English Channel to France's Ligue 1.