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Carlos Bocanegra talks briefly about Rangers, options

Italy v USA - International Friendly

GENOA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 29: Carlos Bocanegra of USA looks on prior to the international friendly match between Italy and USA at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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If you don’t count the irrelevant, playful posts on Twitter, U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra has been quiet recently about his personal situation, one made so tenuous by the highly unstable and unusual situation with Rangers.

Bocanegra was in Kansas City on Sunday, where he spoke briefly about his club situation. (He was in the Midwest as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star activities.) One revelation was that he has yet to speak to manager Ally McCoist, who brought Bocanegra to the Glasgow club last August.

I’ve got to explore my options. I need to speak with the coach, as well. We kept missing each other. It wouldn’t be fair to speak out of turn if I haven’t spoken to him yet.”

Bankrupt, Rangers are headed into Scotland’s lower tiers, perhaps all the way to the bottom, which would almost surely eliminate any chance that Bocanegra would remain with the Scottish giants.

Bocanegra would love to land at a club in Champions League contention, although that could mean taking a lesser role. Major League Soccer, where the veteran center back’s professional career began, remains an option, he said.

I would never rule this out. I like the league. I started here. I think it’s a good league — stadiums like this and New York; it’s awesome how much it’s grown. It’s not a second-tier league by any stretch of the imagination anymore.”