Carlos Bocanegra is former professional soccer star. After playing college soccer at UCLA, Bocanegra was drafted by the Chicago Fire with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. A two-time MLS Defender of the Year Bocanegra also played professionally in England, Scotland, France, and Spain. He earned over 100 caps with the United States, serving as captain for six years. He proceeded to win the MLS Rookie of the Year Award for a team that made it to the MLS Championship match and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He became one of the top defenders in MLS and was the first player to win the MLS Defender of the Year Award twice in 2002 and 2003.
He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2017, he was elected to serve as technical director and vice president for Atlanta United. He was appointed to co-chair the Technical Development Committee at U.S. Soccer in April 2018. In September 2020, Bocanegra was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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