2 thoughts on “McBride retires from National Team”

  1. I have only fond memories of Brian McBride.

    I was there at RFK in D.C. for his first goal for USA in November ’96 in a game v. Guatemala in the first round of qualifying for France ’98.

    After being the first ever pick in MLS draft history (96), you knew people were expecting great things from this kid. He didn’t disappoint.

    He only scored a dramatic goal for USA (a header, what else?) against Guatemala on my return to RFK in 2000 (Japan/South Korea 2002 qualifying).

    In between those two goals, a player who was known for his heading ability became a great all-around player. He excelled at being a target forward – he worked hard, defended, sacrificed his body, did the grinding that often goes unnoticed on the stat sheet.

    And when I watched in a crowded screaming bar in S.F. atfter midnight as McBride slotted a shot (with his FOOT) past Perez putting USA up 1-0 over Mexico in the round of 16 in Japan/South Korea 2002, it was confirmed.

    This is one of American soccer’s all-time greats.

    After many successful years in MLS, he represented well in England. I wish him continued success there.

    McBride is a true MLS and USA success story.

    I applaud his efforts.

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