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Fulham have completed the signing of American defender Carlos Bocanegra from Chicago Fire, the club have confirmed this afternoon.

The American international has signed a three-year contract after completing a free transfer from the MLS club, for whom he made more than a hundred appearances in four seasons and helped win the US Open Cup twice. The 24 year-old has twice been named the league’s defender of the year.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman said:

‘I have seen Carlos play and I could see that he has great potential. He reads the game well and is very skilful and strong which are the prime attributes of a defender. He has a great track record at International level, so I have no doubt that he will acclimatise to the Premiership fairly quickly. I am looking forward to him joining us.’