World Football: Bocanegra Joins Growing Band of Yanks at Glasgow Rangers

Marc RosebladeContributor IIIAugust 17, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10:  American soccer player Carlos Bocanegra looks on during the 2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It's a veritable American invasion in Scotland, as Glasgow Rangers have completed the signing of another Yankee footballer.

Carlos Bocanegra's joins the Ibrox club from Ligue 1 side St Etienne, who proved difficult negotiators, as they had desperately sought to hang onto their defensive anchor.

The U.S. captain joins fellow senior internationals Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya for the 2010 Scottish league champions.

Bocanegra's three-year deal means he continues his recent streak of finding a new club every season.

After spending 2009-10 with Stade Rennais, Bocanegra moved to St Etienne for 2010-11, before this latest move to Rangers.

The former Fulham man (2004-2008) could make his Rangers debut Thursday night in a Europa League match against NK Maribor in Slovenia.

It was a move that seemed to come out of nowhere: only twenty-four hours earlier St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier had maintained, “He is not available for transfer. I do not want to sell him."

The defender seems to have stolen a march on fellow U.S. international Bedoya—who was signed mere hours after Bocanegra signed his new contract—in clinching the Glasgow sides's wildcard registration for their upcoming European fixture.

A fresh spate of recent defensive injuries had left Rangers reeling, and Bocanegra quickly became priority No. 1 in the transfer market. With his impressive performance in the recent U.S. friendly against Mexico, the 32-year-old seemed an obvious choice to step in and contribute immediately.

Although Bocanegra has been now registered, all is not yet settled, as Rangers anxiously await a decision from the French FA that would qualify him to play on Thursday night.

With 91 caps, the U.S. captain brings a wealth of experience to the Scottish champions, and adds to the growing list of American players to have played for the famed "Protestant" Glasgow club. Claudio Reyna and DeMarcus Beasley are both U.S. internationals who had donned the famous blue shirt in years past.

Three full American internationals are currently on the books: Maurice Edu, 25—who joined from Toronto FC in 2008, and 24-year-old Alejandro Bedoya, snapped up from Swedish side Orebro.


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report as well as Not Just Scottish Football and youth development reporter for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated. 

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