Rangers favourite Carlos Bocanegra has been announced as the sole 2020 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the United States.
Bocanegra, who becomes 305th person to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame, wore the captain’s armband in 64 of his 110 appearances with the United States from 2001 to 2012, scoring 14 goals for his country – a record for an American defender.
Boca’s 15-year professional career began as MLS Rookie of the Year with Chicago Fire in 2000, where he go on to make 122 appearances for the Fire between 2000 and 2003.
During his time in Chicago, he would win MLS Defender of the Year in 2002 and 2003, being named to the MLS All-Star Team twice, and winning the 2000 and 2003 U.S. Open Cup.
After four seasons in Chicago, Bocanegra headed for Europe, playing for Fulham, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Rangers and Racing Santander before returning home with Chivas USA.
His time at Ibrox came as the Light Blues were engulfed in financial chaos and the defender made a handful of appearances after the 2012 meltdown before moving to Santander.
The American currently serves as Technical Director for Atlanta United and as Athlete Representative, U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.
As part of the US national team, he led them to two Gold Cup victories in 2002 and 2007 and played six times across the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.
Bocanegra will be inducted along with the Hall of Fame’s 2021 class at a combined ceremony next year at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. This year’s ceremony, which was scheduled for Saturday, September 19, was postponed due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former Rangers star was the only one of the 42 potential inductees on the ballot to reach the voting threshold of 66.7 percent.