The former U.S. national team captain was unable to suit up immediately after the opening of the transfer window, but he will be eligible to face Toronto FC on Wednesday.Carlos Bocanegra's return to the field could come as soon as Wednesday.
Bocanegra's international transfer certificate has arrived, and he is eligible to suit up for Chivas USA for the club's midweek clash against Toronto FC, a team spokesperson confirmed to Goal.
Bocanegra, 34, has been out of action since the end of Racing Santander's season on June 8. He spent the season on loan with the second-tier Spanish club, and after having his contract with Rangers terminated by mutual consent, he elected to return to MLS, where he played for the Chicago Fire from 2000-2004. Chivas USA traded with Toronto for the top spot in the league's allocation order to select the former U.S. national team captain.
The league's transfer window opened on July 9, but Bocanegra's ITC did not arrive in time for him to play against the Philadelphia Union last Friday night at PPL Park. Instead, he could make his return to the league where his career began against the team that most recently traded the chance to pick him, should manager Jose Luis Real opt to play him.
Bocanegra is also one of 12 players eligible to be called up by U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup after being named to the USA's 35-man provisional roster. He has not appeared for the U.S. national team in 2013 after being named to the bench for the February World Cup qualifier in Honduras and not being called in for any subsequent camp.