Tagged: Carlos Bocanegra

Rangers Futures Still Up In Air For Edu, Bocanegra, Bedoya

One wants out, one might stay, and one might stay even though he’s trying to get out.

Just another week of uncertainty for American trio Maurice Edu (above), Carlos Bocanegra and Alejandro Bedoya at Scottish side Rangers FC; or “The Rangers FC“, rather.

The Daily Express ran a report on Thursday that updated the fates of the three USMNT players. They are as follows:

Edu: Wants out by the end of the month. Deal to go to Valencia collapsed, but there’s still interest from Sampdoria and Valenciennes.
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Carlos Bocanegra, Abby Wambach Pose Naked For ESPN Body Issue (Photos)

They might not have gotten the naked Hope Solo cover treatment from 2011, but props to Carlos Bocanegra and Abby Wambach for being asked to get filthy (at least in Boca’s case) for the 2012 ESPN Body Issue. Go USMWNT! (US Men’s & Women’s Naked Team, natch.)
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USMNT Players Star In Pepsi Max Photo Shoot (Video)

Some behind-the-scenes footage, apparently, of ‘SMNTers Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra at a Pepsi Max photo shoot. Not to get all fanboy on you, but two things I picked up on: one, why are Carlos Bocanegra’s jeans so baggy? and two, Mo Edu is quite photogenic. Either way, a strangely entertaining corpo-marketing vid. [Via KCKRS]

Carlos Bocanegra Is Both Captain Of America And Captain America

Rangers defender and USA captain Carlos Bocanegra was feted by the Scottish home fans during Rangers’ 2-1 win over Inverness with a Captain America banner bearing his likeness — it’s the wee one in the upper right corner. Boca Boca repaid the honor by scoring a “cute finish” that was “far from straightforward”, according to the Guardian. Then he drove home on his motorcycle, drank some whiskey and spent the rest of the day cursing at his Red Skull bobblehead. (Most excellent banner created by @brandonledrew.)

US Captain Carlos Bocanegra Reaches 100 Caps

A hearty congratulations to US captain Carlos Bocanegra for joining the 100 cap club Tuesday in the Yanks 3-2 win over Slovenia. He received a commemorative Slovenia jersey with that nice round three digit number front and center before the match, as seen above.

The 32-year-old defender is now 12th on the all-time US men’s appearance list behind:

Cobi Jones, Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan, Marcelo Balboa, Claudio Reyna, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Earnie Stewart, Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore.

In addition to being a mainstay in the US defense for nearly 10 years, Bocanegra has also been a force going forward. Since 2003, he’s registering 12 goals (mostly with his head on set pieces), which is good enough for a tie for 12th on the all-time US Soccer goals list. The only defender with more is Marcelo Balboa. He scored 13.

Rarely flashy, Bocanegra’s solid contributions over the years have often been overlooked. But as all those numbers indicate, Bocanegra has secured his legacy as one of the best defenders to ever play for his country.

A video retrospective of all his goals and a US Soccer “Bocagrahic” after the jump.

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The Future Of US Soccer Is Not Pretty

The future of the US men’s national team is the subject of endless debate. Can Jurgen Klinsmann make the US an elite soccer power? Will we ever win a World Cup? The answers to those questions are uncertain, but one thing we can be certain of is that all players will age — and get slower past a certain age. That’s not a knock on the US’s aging back line; it’s just a fact of life. We are all getting older — often fatter, grayer.

Former Denim Kit-er Alexi Lalas tweeted  recently, “What I could have looked like as a old man,” with a link to a picture. I clicked through expecting a cautionary tale photo of what the road-weary rock n’ roll life can do to the human body. I was disappointed; it was just a Halloween mask.

My disappointment soon gave way to curiosity. What would Lalas look like as an old man? Heck, what would other American soccer heroes look like. Well, thanks to modern technology, we don’t have to wait for nature to take its course. There’s an app for that (see above).

Here’s a look at what some US internationals, past and present, might look like in the distant future, with a little help from an app called Aging Booth.

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Recap: Best Soccer Halloween Costumes 2011 (US Edition)

This is not Santa Claus. This is FIFA executive committee member and CONCACAF whistleblower Chuck Blazer dressed up for Halloween. Blazer, a Halloween enthusiast for years, took the easy way out this year, utilizing the most obvious costume to accompany his Santa-esqe beard. Judging from his Twitter account though, Blazer hasn’t lost his passion for Halloween, he’s just a little under the weather.

The best of other soccer in the USA Halloween costumes spotted across the world wide web after the click.

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BBC Announcer Peter Martin Goes Mad As Falkirk Tops Rangers In Scottish League Cup

Falkirk upset heavily-favored Rangers, 3-2, in the third round of the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday. The match-winner was scored in dramatic fashion in injury time, as evidenced by the audio call above of the BBC’s Peter Martin, who seems to lose control in entertaining fashion. Martin either barks out “Touchdown!” or “Touched in!” just as the ball hits the back of the net. If Martin did use the Americanism, it would’ve been sadly fitting, as US internationals Alejandro Bedoya and Carlos Bocanegra were in Rangers’ starting 11 for the upset loss. Maurice Edu was given the day off as the match came on the heels of Rangers’ triumph over Celtic. [Via]

US Can’t Beat Belgium, Loses 1-0 In Friendly

If your plan to DVR today’s US-Belgium friendly was foiled by the folks at the World Wide Leader in Sports (like the other half of TDK), here are some highlights to ease your pain.

The Yanks bounded out of the gate again, as against Costa Rica, with purpose and energy in the first 20 mins, but again, failed to capitalize.

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Soccer on Etsy: A Crafty/Vintage Emporium For All Your Footie Related Needs

It’s no a secret that EBay is teeming with awesome retro soccer junk. But you might not know the soccer wonders of crafty-vintage online emporium Etsy.  Mixed in with the bedazzled soccer mom shirts and soccer ball braclets are some original and classic soccer gems. Here are some personal favs.

Behind the Crest: Gold Cup Final Preps

It feels like a Super Bowl Sunday for soccer fans, waiting around all day for the big game to start; except, it’s Saturday of course, not Sunday, and there aren’t endless hours of pre-game coverage to watch. Instead, we do have another edition of Behind the Crest to watch. In this Gold Cup final edition, Clint Dempsey hugs it out with the enemy, Landon Donovan reveals he used to be selfish, and more incisive observations for Bob Bradley (the Rose Bowl field is big).

Panama Shocks US in Gold Cup, The Morning After

US loses to Panama Gold Cup 2011

This morning, after a shocking 2-1 loss to Panama, Bob Bradley wakes up trying to figure out how to recover from the most embarrassing loss of his tenure.

Last night, the US had never lost to Panama and had never lost a match in Gold Cup group play.

This morning, the Yanks must beat Guadeloupe on Tuesday, just to advance out of their group.

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USMNT Behind The Crest: Canada to Panama

We get even farther behind the crest as the US prepares for their match against Panama in Tampa Saturday night. The last time the Yanks played at Raymond James stadium was March 25, 2007, when they defeated Ecuador 3-1. Landon Donovan struck for an impressive hat trick, notching his first goal just 35 seconds into the match and adding two fantastic goals in the second half

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America, F*ck Yeah: U.S. Soccer on Tumblr

Sure, you follow all the USMNT players on Twitter. But Twitter has all those characters, all those words. If your love for U.S. Soccer goes beyond words, you should turn to Tumblr. There’s no 140 character limit on this microblogging platform, but the words are at a premium and the photos are aplenty. So if you need a U.S. soccer photo fix — and can stomach a few F-bombs — here’s a guide to some Tumblelogs dedicated to U.S. national teamers.

Clint Dempsey – Great tribute to his greatness. Animated GIFs ahoy.  thegreatclintdempsey.tumblr.com


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