CARLOS BOCANEGRA was thrilled to become the USA’s joint-top goalscoring defender at the weekend as he netted for his country for the 13th time.

The Rangers star grabbed the opener in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Antigua and Barbuda in Florida ahead of America’s next game in Guatemala on Wednesday morning.

In doing so, he drew alongside Stateside Hall of Fame member Marcelo Balboa on the day he celebrated his 105th cap.

Bocanegra admits he loves getting upfield to score and he did so three times for Gers in 2011/12 against Maribor, Dunfermline and Inverness.

Speaking about his latest effort, he told Studio 90: “I just kind of looped around the back, someone headed it and the keeper made a save.

“I was sniffing around trying to get a rebound and it popped towards me so I was first to the ball.

“I’ve played a lot of games and I’ve been in a lot of the right places. It has been good and Landon (Donovan) gives good service.

“We’ve a lot of guys who attack in the box and most of my goals come from corner kicks and free kicks.

“I enjoy going up there and trying to score as well. I put myself about and it worked out well for me.”

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