K1 Speed Ontario was visited by US Soccer Team Captain Carlos Bocanegra, and friends on a recent trip back home to where he grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. His professional career began after playing college soccer at the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA), Bocanegra signed a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) and was drafted by the Chicago Fire with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 MLS Super Draft. He spent most of the year with the Fire, playing only two games on loan with Project 40. He won the MLS Rookie of the Year Award for a team that made it to the MLS Championship match and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He became one of the top defenders in MLS, becoming the first player to win the MLS Defender of the Year Award twice, in 2002 and 2003. Bocanegra scored five goals and had eight assists in his four years in MLS.
Bocanegra was signed by Fulham in January 2004. With Fulham, Bocanegra played primarily as a centre back, but also as a left back and briefly as a holding midfielder. During the 2006-07 Premier League season, he was Fulham’s second leading scorer with five goals, behind fellow American Brian McBride. On September 1, 2007, Bocanegra captained Fulham for the first time in a Premier League match, a come from behind 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. On September 15, 2007, he made his 100th appearance in the Premier League, all for Fulham, against Wigan Athletic. He was released by Fulham on May 23, 2008.
Bocanegra was signed by Stade Rennais in June 2008. He received the number 3 shirt, which is his number for the United States. Bocanegra performed well in his first season in France, appearing in all 38 league matches. He scored his first league goal on March 8, 2009, in Stade Rennais’s 2-0 victory over Auxerre. He also scored a goal in a UEFA Cup match and started all the club’s Coupe deFrance matches. These include the final at the Stade deFrance on May 9, 2009, where he scored Stade Rennais’ first goal against Guingamp, in the 69th minute.
During his trip to K1 Speed, he and a number of friends competed against each other in a Mini Gran-Prix. During the 16 lap main event, he posted a 29.37 second lap time, posting the quickest overall single lap time. Carlos would finish in second place at the drop of the checkered flag on the new technical track layout. Carlos really got a kick out of our fast paced indoor electric karts, and really had a great expirence with us at K1 Speed.
Everyone at K1 would like to wish Carlos Bocanegra and the rest of the USA international soccer team good luck in the future.
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