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Cal South alumnus Carlos Bocanegra has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The now-Atlanta United Technical Director is the lone member of this year’s class and will be inducted in a combined ceremony with the Class of 2021 next year at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Prior to building a successful career in Europe, Major League Soccer, and the United States National Team, Carlos Bocanegra was playing in Cal South’s Cal Heat in his native Rancho Cucamonga. He was inducted into Cal South’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

Bocanegra went on to be a standout at UCLA before being drafted in the MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. During this time, Bocanegra was named MLS Rookie of the Year and back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year.

He then went on to win the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before serving as captain of the U.S. National Team for six years, as well enjoying a successful career in notable clubs in England, France, and Scotland, before ending his career with Chivas USA in 2014.

Cal South would like to congratulate Carlos on his election to the National Soccer Hall of Fame!

Winner of CONCACAF Gold Cup (USMNT): 2002, 2007
Winner of U.S. Open Cup (Chicago Fire): 2000, 2003
MLS Rookie of the Year: 1998
MLS Defender of the Year: 2002, 2003