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Bocanegra returns to MLS with Chivas

July 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra has sealed a return to the MLS, joining Chivas USA after being released from Scottish club Rangers.

Carlos Bocanegra
GettyImagesBocanegra began his career in the MLS

Bocanegra, 34, began his career with Chicago Fire and will play in the United States for the first time since he moved to Fulham in 2004.

The United States international was freed from his contract with Rangers over the weekend and Chivas were required to trade a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and an international roster slot through 2014 to Toronto FC in order to secure the centre-back.

Chivas sporting president Dennis te Kloese backed Bocanegra to be the driving force in the club's MLS campaign.

"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," Chivas USA sporting president Dennis te Kloese said in a statement.

"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."

Bocanegra denies he can turn around the club's recent poor results, but suggested he was always likely to return to the MLS.

"I’m very excited to join the club," Bocanegra said in a press release. "I know it’s going to be a big challenge, because the club hasn't been getting the greatest results on the field but it’s something I’m looking forward to.

"The club has made me feel very welcomed and did a big effort to have me sign with the club so that I’ll be able to help try to turn the team around into being on the positive foot.

"It feels really good to be coming back home. I've been following MLS a lot more closely this year, and I got my start here in the league, so I’m excited to seeing personally how much the League has grown.

"I've noticed how it’s grown so much by following it on TV and the internet, but actually being out there on the field and being able to compete make me excited to see how the level has gotten better and how it’s grown."