Board Member, USA, United Bid Committee 2026
Technical Director, Atlanta United FC
Carlos Bocanegra was named Technical Director of Atlanta United FC in March 2015. He oversees day-to-day non-coaching soccer operations of the first team, including development and implementation of a worldwide scouting network and oversight of player wellness and rehabilitation.
Former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team for six seasons, two-time Major League Soccer Defender of the Year and 2010 World Cup team captain, Bocanegra retired from play in 2014 after an esteemed 15-year career in professional soccer. A California native, Bocanegra attended UCLA and was drafted by the Chicago Fire as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2000 MLS Superdraft. He won the MLS Rookie of the Year Award in 2000 and quickly became one of the top MLS defenders, winning back to back MLS Defender of the Year Awards in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004, he signed with English Premier League club Fulham where he played four seasons. Following his time with Fulham, Bocanegra moved to France’s Ligue 1 where he played for Rennes and Saint-Etienne before joining Rangers of the Scottish Premier League until 2013. In July 2013, he officially returned to MLS to play for Chivas, where he finished his career holding the all-time record for most international goals scored by a U.S. defender.
Bocanegra was selected to the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup teams, and also helped lead the U.S. to two Gold Cup victories in 2002 and 2007. He served as captain for the U.S. team 64 times during his international career on the backline.