Men's National Team

Carlos Bocanegra

Defender Caps/Goals - 110/14
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    6-0 / 170

  • Hometown

    Alta Loma, Calif.

  • Club


A critical leader both on and off the field, the U.S. captain continues to be a key presence in the squad. Possessing strength and deceptive speed, maturity and composure are also on the list of traits that have made him a mainstay on the U.S. backline. A two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, he surpassed 100 career caps in 2011 and now holds the record for most international goals scored by a U.S. defender. With 10 games played in 2012m he reached double digits in apperances for the sixth time in his national team career. Now in his ninth season in Europe that had previously taken him to England and France, 'Los' departed a relegated Rangers club in Scotland in 2012 where he had also warond the captian's armband to continue his overseas career at Racing Santander.

  • With his goal against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, Bocanegra became the USA's all-time leading goalscorer for defenders with 14 total
  • Tied among U.S. players for career World Cup qualifying apperances with 31
  • Became the 12th U.S. player to reach 100 caps when he started in the 3-2 win on Nov. 15, 2011, against Slovenia
  • One of five U.S. players to play every minute of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Has appeared in six World Cup matches spanning two tournaments
  • Played in 15 of 18 World Cup qualifiers in the 2010 cycle, notching game-winning goals in Guatemala in the semifinal round and against Honduras in the final phase
  • Captained the U.S. to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, his second regional title after first winning in 2002
  • Became one of the few players in U.S. Soccer history to simultaneously captain both his club side as well as the national team, which he did after captaining Fulham to a 3-3 draw against Tottenham on Sept. 1, and then took the armband for the USA in their game against Brazil on Sept. 9, 2007, in Chicago



2012: Started 10 matches, including five of six World Cup qualifiers ... Increased his career total to five goals in World Cup qualifying ... Bundled home the opening goal of the USA's 3-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 in Tampa, earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors ... Repeated that feat on Oct. 16 against Guatemala, volleying in the tying goal that rallied the U.S. to a 3-1 win and first place in the group ... That goal marked his 14th career strike, setting the mark for U.S. defenders ... Captained the U.S. to the historic 1-0 victory on Feb. 29 against Italy in Genoa ... Injured hamstring in 2-2 draw against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar ... 2011: Reached 100 caps in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15 … One of two players, along with Tim Howard, to start every game under Jurgen Klinsmann … Ended the year tied for first with Howard for most matches played (15) and landed second for most minutes played, with 1291 … The 15 appearances were a career-high … Earned Man of the Match honors for his performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final loss against Mexico … Registered an assist in the March 26 game against Argentina when Juan Agudelo netted his rebound to equalize in the 1-1 tie … 2010: One of five U.S. players to play every minute of the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Deployed at left back against England and Slovenia, the captain shifted centrally against Algeria and Ghana … Scored the USA’s lone goal in the 2-1 loss on March 3 against World Cup runners up Netherlands in Amsterdam, heading home a free kick from DaMarcus Beasley …Started nine matches and finished second on the team in minutes played (759) … 2009: Started 14 of the U.S’s 24 matches, including all 10 final round qualifiers, a career best for appearances … Tied for second in most starts for the team, and finished in third in minutes played (1,200) … His diving header in the 68th minute on June 6 against Honduras earned the U.S. a 2-1 win and Bocanegra ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors … He also picked up a hamstring strain in that match, sidelining the team captain until the semifinals of the Confederations Cup … Made his return in the 2-1 semifinal victory against No.1-ranked Spain, starting at left back for the U.S. for the first time in nearly two years … 2008: Wore the captain's armband in all nine of his appearances for the U.S. in 2008 … Scored twice to take his career total  to 10 goals … Headed in a Beasley corner kick to give the U.S. its first World Cup qualifying win in Guatemala … Also tallied the game-winner in the USA’s comprehensive 3-0 victory against Poland on March 26 in Krakow, where he earned Man of the Match honors … 2007: Captained the United States to victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the fourth time the team has won the title … Appeared in four of six Gold Cup games, scoring once against Panama in the quarterfinals … Made appearances in two 2007 victories against fierce rivals Mexico, including the memorable Gold Cup Final … Also served as captain and scored a goal in the USA’s 4-2 loss to Brazil in September … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad that competed in Germany … Though he did not feature in the opening match against the Czech Republic, he went on to start the next two matches against Italy and Ghana … Played left back in both of the World Cup games he started, completing 90 minutes in both matches … In total, he made four appearances for the squad in 2006 … 2005: Started six of 10 final round qualifiers and in total played in 11 of 18 qualifiers in his first World Cup qualifying campaign, recording one goal and two assists … Led all defenders in minutes played (958) in 2006 qualifying … Opened his World Cup qualifying scoring account in trademark fashion, heading home the USA’s first – and game-winning – goal in the important 3-0 road win against Panama on June 8 … His performance at both ends in that match earned him ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors … His hustle kept a U.S. attack alive, forcing a save from David James that handed Clint Dempsey the lone goal in the 2-1 loss to England in Chicago ...  2004: Maintained his presence in the attack, tallying one goal and three assists … His 88th minute strike pulled the U.S. level in a 1-1  draw against Poland on July 11 in Chicago …Set up Eddie Johnson’s first two goals in the USA’s 6-0 pasting of Panama in D.C. … Started in five of the USA’s eight World Cup qualifiers, his first participation in a qualifying campaign … Made 10 appearances and nine starts overall … 2003: Earned Man of the Match honors three times as he became the first U.S. defender since 1994 to score four goals in one year ... Notched his first international goal against Canada on Jan. 18 in Ft. Lauderdale, getting on the end of a Bobby Convey service … Scored a nearly identical goal in Jamaica on Feb. 13, again receiving a delivery from Convey … Netted the USA's lone goal against Brazil in the 2-1 semifinal loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup ... Received consolation by getting the opening tally in the 3-2 victory against Costa Rica in the Third Place match … Made 13 appearances for the MNT, tied for second best on the side and the most of any U.S. defender … 2002: Started all five matches in the USA’s march to the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship prior to the World Cup … 2001: Made his debut with the full national team on Dec. 9, 2001, against Korea Republic … Trained with the U.S. prior to home World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on Apr. 28 and Jamaica on Oct. 7 … Under-23s: Helped the U.S. to a bronze medal in the 1999 Pan American Games … Scored his first U-23 goal against Canada in the third-place match ... Made seven international appearances with the U-23s … Under-20s: Played every minute at the 1999 World Youth Championship in Nigeria ... First Appearance: Dec. 9, 2001, vs. Korea … First Goal: Jan. 18, 2003, vs. Canada.
2012: With Rangers being relegated to the third division, he reluctantly left the club to join Santander in Spain's second division ... Sidelined for a moth after being injured in the USA's 2-2 draw against Russia on Nov. 14 ... Made 29 appearances for Rangers in the 2011/12 season, scoring four goals in all competitions ... handed the captain's armband several times by manager Ally McCoist ... 2011: Joined Rangers F.C. on a three-year contract from Saint-Etienne, signing with minutes to spare before the window closed to be eligible to play in the Europa League … Completed his contract the night of Aug. 17, then flew the next morning to Slovenia where he appeared in the Europa League game against Maribor … Played the full 90 minutes in each of his appearances for Rangers in the first half of the campaign … Scored his first SPL goal for Rangers in the 4-0 win against Dunfermline Athletic on Sept. 24 … Added an assist in the 2-0 win against Hearts on Oct. 23 … 2010-11: Joined fellow Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne … Closed out the campaign with 35 appearances and two goals … Started all 15 league games for which he was available for St. Etienne in the first half of the 2010-11 season … Scored his side’s second goal when he pounded home a header in the 69th minute of a 2-2 draw on Dec. 5 against Bordeaux … 2009-10: A regular in the Rennes backline that gave up the third fewest goals in Ligue 1 during the 2009-10 campaign … Finished his final season with Rennes making 29 appearances and 27 starts in all competitions … A groin injury sidelined him for several weeks at the end of the season … 2008-09: Joined Rennes on a free transfer in June after four seasons at Fulham … Wearing the No. 3 shirt, he immediately became a regular for the club … Scored his first goal for Rennes in a 2-1 defeat of FC Twente in the UEFA Cup on Sept. 19 ... Scored a goal in the final of the Coupe de France on May 9, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Guingamp, who won 2-1 at the Stade de France … Started all 38 league games in his first season in France, with Rennes finishing in seventh place … 2007-08: In his last season with Fulham, he was part of the club's memorable fight against relegation, which ultimately ended in success on the final day of the season … Teamed up with four other U.S. internationals in Clint Dempsey, Kasey Keller, Eddie Johnson and Brian McBride ... After Brian McBride was sidelined with an injury in late August, he stepped into the role of temporary captain for the club, a position that he simultaneously held for both club and country … His appearance against Wigan on Sept. 15 marked his 100th game for the club in all competitions … 2006-07: Proved to be a banner year as he made a career high 30 appearances for Fulham … Also chipped in with five crucial goals, another career high, making him second top scorer at Fulham as the club barely avoided relegation … Scored a vital goal against Chelsea to secure a draw away from home … 2005-06: After opening the 2005-06 season with a minor knee injury, he assumed a regular role in Fulham’s central defense … Played in 14 of 16 league matches for which he was available in first half of the year … 2004-05: His first full season in England, he grabbed the full-time position at left back … Despite sitting out seven of the last eight matches, finished the 2004-05 seasons with 28 appearances in EPL play … Scored his first goal in a Fulham uniform in the 4-3 loss at Portsmouth on Aug. 30 … 2003-04: Became an instant addition to the Fulham backline, playing every single match for which he was available after joining the team mid-January, a total of 19 in all competitions … Made his Fulham debut Jan. 19 at Newcastle, marking legendary striker Alan Shearer … 2003: Earned MLS Defender of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, claiming his second spot on the Best XI as well … In his second consecutive MLS All-Star appearance, set up Carlos Ruiz for the game-winning goal against Chivas … Anchored the Chicago Fire backline to their third appearance in the MLS Cup final in five years ... Started 19 of 30 matches, missing playing time while cementing his spot with the national team … 2002: Named MLS Defender of the Year in 2002 and a member of the Best XI … Started and played 26 matches for Chicago, recording two goals and three assists … Named an MLS All-Star … Scored the game-winning goal and earned an assist to give the Fire a 5-4 win against Columbus on June 5 … 2001: Scored a goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs … Finished his second season with Chicago making 13 starts in 15 appearances … Registered a career-high four points, scoring one goal and tallying two game-winning assists for four points ... Sidelined for almost half a season due to a left ankle sprain suffered on May 12 at New England, missing 12 games ... 2000: Honored as the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2000, after helping the Fire to the MLS Cup championship match and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title … Started and played in 27 of 32 games.