ANDY SCHREUR - Sunday, May 19, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander picked up a big win in the pouring rain against Sabadell on Sunday.
Racing Santander 2-0 Sabadell
Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in the Highlanders' second straight win this weekend. The win sees them within striking distance of Mirandés, who are two points ahead of Racing.
Jairo Samperio put Santander ahead in the 45th minute, his seventh of the year and Racing never looked back. Sabadell's offense struggled to find quality scoring chances and Santander's back four were tight throughout the match. Their second goal came on a Samu own goal in the 52nd minute and they continued dominating possession in the second half.
At this point in the season, every match is a must-win and Racing were clearly confident after last week's 1-0 win over Real Madrid's Castilla. The away win sees them move into 20th place and tied with Real Murcia, who play Monday against Guadalajara.
Next week Racing will return home to El Sardinero to face 17th place Guadalajara and will be looking for their third straight win in an attempt to stave relegation at the last possible minute. Mirandés helped Racing out and lost 1-0 to Hércules on Sunday, narrowing the gap to only two points.
Bocanegra was not named to the US squad ahead of friendlies against Germany and Belgium and World Cup qualifiers in June and will remain with Santander until the end of their season.