With the Spanish league season almost over, USMNT veteran Carlos Bocanegra has a big decision to make.
In case you forgot, the former Chicago Fire standout is still a Glasgow Rangers player. But they of course are due to begin life in the Scottish Second Division next season, after winning promotion from the four-tier of Scottish soccer this campaign.
So should Bocanegra stick with Rangers after his loan with Racing finishes? Or head back to MLS? Or go elsewhere?
It really is an intriguing question.
The long-time USMNT defender and national team captain is in the twilight of his career but he certainly has two or three seasons left in him.
And it appears there are plenty of willing suitors. “There’s interest in MLS, England and a few clubs on the continent,” Bocanegra’s agent told MLSsoccer.com yesterday. “We’re looking at his options.”
Which teams would be chasing Bocanegra, I hear you you cry. Let’s take a gander.
Well, first and foremost, his old club Chicago are struggling this season. The could really use his veteran leadership in defense but with Arne Friedrich already back there and often injured, do the Fire really want to use plenty of allocation money on another 30-plus defender? Time will tell.
But it would be the most likely option after Bocanegra blew everyone away with Rookie of the season awards and helped Bob Bradley’s Fire side dominate MLS after arriving in the league during the 1998 season.
Elsewhere in MLS, the 33-year-old defender could be extremely useful for D.C. United, Toronto FC and just about any side come to that matter. Where would he want to play, is probably the better question.
Bocanegra’s season on loan at Racing Santander hasn’t gone well, they’re currently five points from safety with four games to go in Liga Adelante. While Bocanegra has only played eight times for Racing as they spiral towards the Spanish third-tier.
Now Boca is way down the pecking order in Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT setup and this next move must be the right one if he harbors any hopes of making the USA’s 2014 World Cup squad, if they make it to Brazil.