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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The National Soccer Hall of Fame announces that former U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra is the lone member of its 2020 class. 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.

Carlos Bocanegra

Player, Class of 2020 Inductee

Wearing the captain’s armband 64 times for the United States Men’s National Team, Bocanegra was selected for each of the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups where he appeared in six total matches. Tied for 10th all-time in U.S. Soccer history with 110 caps, he scored an impressive 14 goals during his international career. Bocanegra helped lead the USMNT to two Gold Cup victories in 2002 and 2007 and was captain during the U.S. victory against No. 1-ranked Spain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Carlos Receives the News


Career Highlights

Defending the Nation

We often saw Carlos Bocanegra as one of the last lines of defense on some historic U.S. Men's National Teams. Beloved by teammates and fans, Bocanegra's career spanned two continents, seven professional clubs and one legendary international career.

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  • A Nation United

    Bocanegra, at center, celebrates with goalkeeper Tim Howard (left) and forward Landon Donovan (right).

  • Above and Beyond

    Bocanegra goes for a header over a defender. 

  • Fan Favorite

    Bocanegra celebrates with U.S. fans in the stands.

  • Brother in Arms

    Bocanegra (No. 3) celebrates with USMNT teammates.

  • Bocanegra currently holds the U.S. Men's National Team record for goals by a defender (11). 

  • Last Line of Defense

    Together, Bocanegra (left) and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard had plenty to celebrate during their storied careers.  

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