The 29-year old began his youth career with Atlas in 2007 and stayed with the club through 2015. He made 69 appearances and scored twice in all competitions.
Bocanegra has also played with Irapuato FC during a loan spell in 2014, Correcaminos UAT and Murciêlagos in Ascenso MX. In 2017, the midfielder plied his trade outside of Mexico for the first time. He made 17 appearances for Real Esteli FC of the Nicaraguan first division.
In addition, he has represented Mexico at the youth level and helped the nation win the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
“I feel happy with this opportunity,” Bocanegra said. “I’m very motivated and committed because of the big names that have played in this team, such as Pelê and Raûl. feel very motivated and I look forward to joining the club and putting on its jersey.”
“It’s exciting to have a player of Ricardo’s caliber join us,” said Joe Barone, the Cosmos senior vice president. “He has gained plenty of experience during his career in Mexico and will be a vital player here in New York.”