ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, June 7, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra finishes his season-long loan as Racing Santander host Hércules on Saturday.
Bocanegra and the Highlanders will close out this disappointing season with a home date with Hércules, who, unlike Santander, survived relegation this season.
The frustrating season mercifully ends for Santander but only after their second relegation in two years. The Highlanders will be in Segunda B for the first time since the 1990-1991 season and are expected to take a huge financial hit next season.
Hércules came close to relegation but staved off the drop despite losing their last two matches after winning five straight down the stretch.
Santander will do without their brightest young player, Jairo Samperio, who is trying with Spain's U-20 team ahead of the U-20 World Cup in Turkey this summer.
Bocanegra finishes out his season-long loan in Spain and will return to Rangers next season, which will compete in the Scottish Second Division. Rangers won the Third Division by 14 points and only lost three matches this season
Bocanegra, who was not called into the US National Team ahead of June qualifying matches, was named to the 35-man provisional roster ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.