USA fans react on Twitter to Carlos Bocanegra's retirement

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Twitter has been full of tributes to ex-US national team captain Carlos Bocanegra, after the former Fulham and Rangers defender announced that he is set to retire at the end of this season.

Fans and various figures within the game have taken to Twitter to hail former US national team captain Carlos Bocangera, after the Chivas USA defender announced that he is set to retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

Bocanegra, 35, earned 110 caps for the US, featuring in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and scoring 14 goals, while captaining the side on 64 occasions from 2007 until his final appearance in 2013.

Beginning his professional career with the Chicago Fire, after being drafted fourth overall in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft out of UCLA, he would later go on to spend almost a decade in Europe, with stints at Fulham, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Rangers and Racing Santander, before returning to the US to join Chivas in June 2013.

He started 18 of the LA-based club’s first 19 matches to start this season but, after battling concussion symptoms since mid-July, hasn’t appeared in the past seven fixtures.

Perhaps best known for his spell with the Cottagers, where he made 116 appearances from 2004 to 2008, while playing alongside fellow USMNT regulars Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey, the California-native will no doubt go down as one of the greatest-ever defenders to don the stars and stripes, and the reaction upon his announcement demonstrates what high regard he was held in.

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