The Racing Santander defender will captain the U.S. team for the second World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica in a five-day span.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Carlos Bocanegra will be back in the lineup for the U.S. national team when it faces Jamaica at the sold-out Columbus Crew Stadium on Tuesday night.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann admitted Bocanegra was going to play in the World Cup qualifier after keeping the veteran defender on the bench during Friday's devastating 2-1 loss in Kingston.
"Carlos will be back [on Tuesday]," Klinsmann said. "He will be our captain."
Klinsmann's decision to not play Bocanegra surprised many, as the U.S. was already without Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo due to injuries. Bocanegra had admitted the night before the match that he was fit following seven games with Rangers in Scotland's third division over the summer.
Instead, Klinsmann went with a younger back line of Geoff Cameron and Clarence Goodson.
"He totally understood our decision," Klinsmann said. "It had to do with his last couple of weeks as well as with our Mexico game where we tried out new things. We were very pleased with what we saw in Mexico. But he is back in the team, Steve is back in the team fortunately."
Bocanegra had not been with the U.S. for its historic win in Mexico last month as he searched for a new club following Rangers' demotion. He signed with Racing Santander in Spain at the transfer deadline.