Category: Carlos Bocanegra

Zelalem is joining a distinguished U.S. men’s national team history at Rangers

We mentioned it easier today: Gedion Zelalem, loaned from Arsenal to Rangers, is stepping into a distinguished history of United States internationals at Ibrox Stadium. Though only five names long, the list includes some of the most impressive names the U.S. have ever produced – names that have 390 caps and 11 World Cup spots to their credit. DaMarcus Beasley Sneakily, Beasley may have accumulated the most impressive resume of the five. Recently un-retired with the U.S. national team, Beasley is the men’s active leader in appearances (his 122 ranking fifth all-time). A starter at left back during Brazil 2014, Beasley is the only American to appear ... Read more

Former USMNT Captain Carlos Bocanegra Announces Retirement Following 2014 Season

Former United State’s Men’s National Team Captain and current Chivas defender, Carlos Bocanegra, announced his retirement from soccer following the end of the current 2014 MLS season. Bocanegra has been playing professional soccer for 14 years and earned 110 appearances for the USMNT and scored 14 goals since his first call-up in 2001, as well as captaining the team for six years where he earned the nickname “Captain America”. After playing at the University of California Los Angeles, Bocanegra was drafted by the Chicago Fire and signed a contract with Project-40 through MLS eventually winning MLS Rookie of the Year ... Read more

USMNT Fallout Of The Rangers Collapse

Scottish football is currently at a pivotal moment in its illustrious history. While the Scottish National Team has taken a dip (as evidenced by the thrashing the United States awarded the Scots in May), their Premier League has continued to be a mid-level league in Europe. The fate of one club, Rangers F.C., not only threatens the health of the SPL, but also leaves uncertain the future of several US Men’s National Team players. The SPL’s current popularity and quality appears contingent upon the Glaswegian rivalry between Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C. The Old Firm Derby is a classic matchup ... Read more

23 Americans to South Africa

In the next few days, USMNT Coach Bob Bradley will begin showing his cards and send out invitations to 28-30 players to join his camp in Princeton later this month.  Before those invitations go out, it is time for all the fans, pundits and blowhards to pipe in with our opinions on which 23 lucky souls should be on the plane to South Africa.  So, without further ado, and with no Freddy Adu … here is my list: Forwards – 4 Jozy Altidore Brian Ching Herculez Gomez Edson Buddle There is no thinner portion of the US team, made unfortunately ... Read more

Clark to Frankfurt. Dempsey to Avoid the Knife. Other US News.

For most Europeans, the January transfer window is all tease and no touch.  Very few moves of true import happen in January, and that is especially true in a World Cup year, where players would rather see if the tournament can up their stock.  However, for American soccer stars, the January transfer window, which occurs during the MLS off-season, is their best chance to find a new home.  With several moves simmering away or coming to fruition, this is a good chance to recap the current state of play. Ricardo Clark Signs With Bundesliga Team Eintracht Frankfurt.  For a tough ... Read more

The Latest News

Jared Jeffrey Has Signed with a Club in Belgium Chad Barrett had two appalling first half misses yesterday for Chicago in their 2-0 loss to Chivas USA. But Barrett along with team mates John Thorrington and Chris Rolfe have been called into the national team. Sacha Kljestan and Brad Guzan return to the team as well. The return of Guzan means that the US has four training camp goalkeepers. Expect Tim Howard and Dom Cervi to be released before the trip to Barbados. Jared Jeffrey is the latest young American player to turn his back on MLS. Jeffrey who is ... Read more

American Grit

Keller/ from Getty Images McBride/from Pundits around Britain will no doubt be discussing Fulham’s great escape in the upcoming weeks. Seemingly dead, the London side strung together some improbable results, particularly away from Craven Cottage to escape relegation on goal difference. Was it Jimmy Bullard’s return from injury, the timely striking of Dionmansy Kamara or even the managing of Roy Hodgson, a man left on the dust bin of British football but one of the few English managers of the last 15 years to really make it outside of the U.K? Truth is it was all of the above ... Read more

US National Team: Looking Ahead

The 2006 World Cup was a page turner for the United States. Not only because the result didn’t fulfill the pre-tournament expectations of many, but because of a coaching change and the departure of arguably four of the United States five most skilled players. (Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride retired from international play; John O’Brien has not played a competitive match since the World Cup; Landon Donovan is the only remaining American of what I would consider the top 5 skilled players entering World Cup 2006.) 2007 was seen a rebuilding year for the United States and the ... Read more