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Chicago Fire and USMNT legend Carlos Bocanegra elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

The legendary American defender began his pro career with the Chicago Fire

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Carlos Bocanegra plays for the Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Cup
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Former Chicago Fire defender and ex-USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra is the newest member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He is the lone member of the 2020 class, and will be inducted in a joint ceremony with the 2021 class next year.

Bocanegra, who currently serves as technical director of Atlanta United, is the 305th member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He won MLS Rookie of the Year with the Fire in 2000, and was MLS Defender of the Year in 2002 and 2003, before heading to Europe for stints with Fulham, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Rangers, and Racing Santander. He ended his career with Chivas USA in 2014.

Internationally, Bocanegra made 110 appearances for the USMNT, playing in two FIFA World Cups, and wearing the captain’s armband 64 times.

Several big names missed out on induction this year, most notably Hope Solo, Steve Cherundolo and Kate Markgraf.