After officially becoming a free agent last week (and after being rumored by a few people on his return to MLS), Carlos Bocanegra is returning to the US to play for Chivas USA.
Ives is reporting that Chivas USA traded a 2015 first-round pick and international roster spot to Toronto FC for the top allocation spot in order to grab Bocanegra.
The 34-year-old defender is from Southern California and will get to finish out his career with the Goats. Bocanegra began his professional career with MLS and the Chicago Fire in 2000 before heading to Fulham in 2004. After stops in France (Rennes and Saint-Étienne), Scotland (Rangers) and Spain (Racing Santander), Captain America returns to the US.
As Brian Sciaretta points out, Bocanegra should be somewhat ready for the craziness that is Chivas USA.
So Carlos Bocanegra goes from a financially ruined Rangers to a financially ruined Racing Santander, to mismanaged/misfit Chivas USA
In news that surprise absolutely no one, Carlos Bocanegra and 3rd-tier Rangers have agreed to part ways.
Both players had a year left on their contracts but have agreed to terminate their deals.
Bocanegra spent last season on loan at Racing Santander while Goian was loaned to Spezia.
Rangers say Romanian Goian wants to find a new club in England while American Bocanegra is keen to play in his homeland.
The former US captain (it’s weird to type that) moved to Rangers in 2011 from Saint Etienne. Many expressed disappointment in the move at the time, although it struck me as an effort by Bocanegra to get one more decent-sized payday before his European career was played out. Of course, few realized at the time that Rangers was about to go Bear Stearns. Bocanegra’s loan to Santander in the Spanish 2nd division was entirely about trying to get his relatively large contract off the books as Rangers prepared for the brave new world of trips to Albion Rovers and Peterhead.
The article mentions Bocanegra’s desire to return to the US which has been floating around for a while and seems to be on the verge of happening. If the additional rumor of Bocanegra’s preference for playing in California is true, then the only questions left are which LA team it winds up being and what they give up for the top spot in the allocation order.
Steve Cherundolo declined to be on the USMNT roster this summer to get some rest and now it looks like he is having some surgery on his left knee, the same knee that he had surgery done on back in February.
Some guys in lower leagues are returning to old clubs. Howie posted about Jon-Paul Pittman going back to Wycombe Wanderers yesterday (and about Mike Grella likely returning to Scunthorpe United earlier this week). You can also add Euan Holden to the mix as Holden has signed another non-contract basis with Bury. And Jonathan Spector officially re-signed with Birmingham City.
With Alejandro Bedoya’s contract ending soon, he is likely looking for a new home. And FC Twente seem to be interested according to this report out of Sweden.
Grant Wahl tells us about Nick Pugliese, an American playing professionally in Afghanistan.
And to end with today’s fashion column, here are some more new jerseys for next season. Tim Howards’ new goalkeeper kit can be found here (along with Everton’s new home shirt). No word if the smoke is optional or not. If Carlos Bocanegra stays at Rangers, here are their home/away/third kits for next season. And finally, Jermaine Jones and Schalke have a new international/third kit for next season.
July 1 is approaching which means we are about to begin the summer silly season. And what comes with the silly season? Fun rumors! Here are a few rumors from the last couple days.
Reports out of England (which are always 100% true!) have Sunderland wanting Jozy Altidore for a reasonable fee (possibly five million pounds?). Paolo Di Canio’s possible reaction on landing Altidore:
This one might have a few more legs to it since I don’t see Taylor Twellman as a rumormonger (he was one of the first people to mention the Brek Shea-to-Stoke City rumors), but Twellman said during Friday’s US U-20 game that a little birdie told him that Carlos Bocanegra may be headed back to MLS (may being the key word).
Bocanegra’s loan deal with Racing Santander has ended so he would technically be back with Rangers now. If he was coming back to MLS, he would have to go through the allocation process, which has Toronto, Portland and Seattle in the top three spots.
Tim Ream has been linked with Middlesbrough over the last week or so, but Tony Mowbray has decided to move on.
In the 100% official news, Herculez Gomez is officially a member of Club Tijuana.
Herc also hopped on the new video-on-instagram bandwagon and posted a little video of the day. I need to get down there for a game.
One player who is rumored to be missing from this roster is Landon Donovan. If Landon does not get called in, you would have to think he would be called in with the guys for the Gold Cup.
Speaking of that Gold Cup roster, it looks like they will have their own friendly against Guatemala down in San Diego before the tournament begins on July 9. But US Soccer has not officially announced anything yet.
We told you about the Gold Cup getting a new trophy last week. Well, here it is and it sort of looks like the old trophy.
With all these different USMNT rosters, Brian Sciaretta takes a guess at both rosters.
Jozy Altidore was named to the De Telegraaf Eredivisie Team of the Season. And here are two photos of Jozy holding the Dutch Cup after last week’s victory: Photo 1 & Photo 2.
There was a Sky Sports story that we posted last week about Bursaspor trying to obtain Maurice Edu from Stoke City on a permanent basis and multiple people are telling Greg Seltzer the same.
If Edu does return to Stoke City next season, he along with Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will look like they play for the Columbus Crew in away games in their new black-and-yellow kits for 2013-14.
Remember when Freddy Adu’s manager at Bahia was fired a week after he joined the club and there was some crazy stat about the club going through 20-25+ managerial changes over the previous 10 years? Well, Bahia fired another manager.
As expected, Steve Cherundolo will be getting a new one-year extension at Hannover 96.
After being released by Carlisle United, Frank Simek is currently on trial with D.C. United even though he would still need to go through the allocation rankings since he has played for the USMNT before. Yay weird MLS rules!
Even with the broken leg, Will Packwood has agreed to a one-year extension with Birmingham City.
Mix Diskerud talked to Goal.com this week about his future with the USMNT and his failed move to Portland.
Tijuana defeated Palmeiras 2-1 last night meaning they will advance to the quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores. Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona both got the start in the win and they will now take on Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro.
Alex Kurial of Yanks Abroad has a story up on how Americans Shane Recklet and Jacob Wilson are trying to help Vasas SC back to the top level of soccer in Hungary.
And go take a look at our cool new Sacha/Over There shirt. They will go up for sale next week.
Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some reporters on Wednesday and touched on a few different topics, including Stuart Holden and some ideas on how he is going to build this summer’s Gold Cup roster.
“We save most of [the top-flight European-based players] clearly for the World Cup qualifiers and then give them a well-deserved break. And then we have to build a very competitive roster for the Gold Cup.
“It’s tricky. Who is in a rhythm? The Scandinavians are in a rhythm. The MLS players are. Mexico is in a similar break like Europe, so it makes it difficult. Whoever from Mexico you leave out of the May-June camp, most likely we will leave them out of the Gold Cup as well because they would come from vacation and they can’t catch up. It’s a challenge for us.”
And if you want to be semi-depressed, John Godfrey breaks down the struggles along the back line for the USMNT.
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic will be out a month with an ankle injury, which probably means Michael Bradley will return to the starting lineup. Bradley has come off the bench in two of his last three games.
I forget whether I posted this last week or not (and I am currently too lazy to look and see), but here is a NY Times story/interview with Brad Guzan. Can’t hurt to post to it twice.
Tijuana continues their hot streak in Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 win over defending champions and 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champions Corinthians. Joe Corona got the start while Greg Garza came off the bench.
We posted about Daniel Antunez playing with Chivas USA during training camp. Well, he officially signed with the club this week. Antunez last played for Inter Turku in Finland in 2012. Also, we might pass around a hat to take up a collection so OT can sponsor at tarp at a Chivas USA game at the Home Depot Center. Just joking (or am I?).
Sticking with the Chivas USA theme, Franco Panizo talked to Juan Agudelo about playing for Chivas and his training stints in Europe this offseason.
Howie’s Pick – Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander – Spanish Segunda Division)
Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for the second straight week and had the equalizing assist as Santander won a critical match in their quest to avoid relegation.
Matt’s Pick – Fabian Johnson (TSG Hoffenheim – German Bundesliga)
Fabian Johnson is healthy and this makes me happy. He went 90 minutes as Hoffenheim picked up three points and moved from the automatic relegation spot to the relegation playoff spot in the Bundesliga.