Check this out for some craziness that just happened to me tonight.
I happened to be attending the 2013 UCLA Hall of Fame Induction ceremony tonight, because one of my good friends was in the class. Her name is Maylana Martin-Douglas, and she happens to be one of the greatest womens basketball players of all time. She is married to a friend of mine from high school, and I’ve come to love May like someone I’ve known for a really long time. I’m a godfather to one of their children. I spend time at their house in Malibu all the time,
and ever since me and her dad put in work on a bottle of scotch at the wedding I consider her family. Congrats to her one time for becoming a Hall of Famer… NOW…. lo and behold, when I got to the venue, I looked at the program for the night, and none other than Alta Loma High School / fellow 909er / former USMNT captain / current Chivas USA center back, Carlos Bocanegra was being inducted as well…. how crazy is that!!!
Carlos Bocanegra (Men’s Soccer, 1997-2000)
An impact player from day one, Carlos Bocanegra helped lead UCLA to the 1997 NCAA Championship and 1999 College Cup. He earned All-MPSF first-team honors three straight years, was selected one of 11 Soccer America Collegiate MVPs in 1998, and was an All-American and Player of the Year candidate in 1999. Bocanegra turned pro after his junior year and was selected the No. 4 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. He was the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2000 and a two-time MLS Defender of the Year. He moved on to a successful career overseas, playing for Fulham in the English Premier League from 2003-08, Rennes and Saint-Etienne in the French Ligue 1 and Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League. He currently plays back home in Southern California for the MLS club Chivas USA. A fixture on the U.S. National Team and the U.S. team captain since 2007, Bocanegra was a key member of two World Cup teams, starting two games in the 2006 and playing every minute for the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup. He earned his 100th international cap in 2011.
Shouts out to Los. Congrats on being inducted into the UCLA HOF. Continued success from your guys over at BP_TOW. Great speech and well deserved. We’re proud of you kid. Representing the Inland Empire and So Cal to the fullest!!
Lowkey, Nandi Pryce, of the 2000 US Womens Olympic soccer team was being inducted too!
Since its Friday, I decided to do a little Boca Boca #FlashbackFriday…