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Former U.S. captain Bocanegra joins Chivas

3:38 PM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Chivas USA announced on Monday that the club has signed former United States national team captain Carlos Bocanegra after acquiring the first allocation ranking from Toronto FC.

In exchange for the chance to sign Bocanegra, Chivas sends its 2015 natural first-round SuperDraft pick and an international roster spot through 2014 to TFC.

Bocanegra will join Chivas in Philadelphia ahead of the club's July 12 match with the Union, which is the first game he will be eligible for once the summer transfer window opens on July 9.

"This is great news for Chivas USA, as Carlos Bocanegra is a very experienced player with great image and with a strong desire to be in California after his time in European soccer," said Chivas USA sporting president Dennis te Kloese. "I think his experience is going to be very valuable for us, as he knows MLS well from when he played for Chicago Fire, and has a long track record with the U.S. men's national team.

"His arrival also reaffirms and strengthens the identity we are seeking in Chivas USA; a team with outstanding elements who give a little extra to Chivas USA. The great combination of his experience and being from Los Angeles will contribute a lot to Chivas USA," Te Kloese said.

The 34-year-old Bocanegra joins Chivas from Racing in Spain's second division, where he appeared in 23 games this past season.

Bocanegra began his professional career with the Chicago Fire as the fourth overall pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft before making the jump to Europe in January 2004 with English side Fulham.

He has also spent time in France with Rennes and St Etienne before moving to Scottish side Rangers.

Bocanegra made his U.S. debut in 2003 against South Korea and has earned 116 caps for his country.

The move comes just one day after Chivas parted ways with four players, including Giovani Casillas, Joaquin Velazquez, Miller Bolanos and Laurent Courtois.

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