American Exports: Bocanegra signs with Rangers
AMSTERDAM — Carlos Bocanegra is bound for a new home in Europe after it was revealed Wednesday that the US national team captain has signed with Scottish powerhouse Rangers.
Bocanegra’s three-deal with Rangers ends a solid stint in France that saw the former MLSer suit up for Rennes from 2008 to 2010 before he eventually wore the captain’s armband for Saint-Étienne earlier this season.
Bocanegra’s agent, Lyle Yorks, revealed the move on Twitter less than 24 hours after the Ligue 1 side issued a public "hands off" statement to Scottish Daily Record.
The former Chicago Fire man becomes the third US international on the Rangers roster, joining Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya. The 24-year-old Bedoya had his contract with the club finalized earlier in the day on Wednesday.
It remains unclear if Rangers will be able to register Bocanegra in time for Thursday night's Europa League playoff-round opener at Slovenian side Maribor, but Bedoya is not available for selection. The defending Scottish champions return to league play Sunday at early leaders Motherwell.