The Chicago Mistake?

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Chad Barrett scored the most signifcgant goal for the United States at any level in the last five years: Barrett’s outstanding finish from a Benny Feilhaber free kick gave the US a 1-0 victory over Lionel Messi and eventual Champion Argentina at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Barrett’s MLS career has been shaky, but at moments he’s shown the great form he had for the US at the youth national team level. Dropped from the Olympic team, and subjected to ridicule by longtime Chicago Fire fans Barrett was dumped in order to obtain the rights to American goal scoring hero Brian McBride.

Trading a 23 year old for a 36 year old in football is a risky proposition. Teams in Europe would not make this move: nor should teams in MLS.  The bottom line is this: for all his goal scoring heroics in England, Brian McBride is limited when playing the latinized style that has overtaken the Chicago Fire in recent years. McBride probably would have fared better with Peter Nowak, Lubos Kubik and Ante Razov but in those days McBride was playing his trade for Columbus and helping compliment Stern John, Jeff Cunningham and Brian West on MLS most exciting team.

Now McBride is doing little to contribute positively to the Fire heading into the playoffs while Barrett seems to have single handidly kept TFC from elimination. I want to hear from Fire fans. Was this move a mistake and what excatly is McBride going to provide Chicago going forward?

7 thoughts on “The Chicago Mistake?”

  1. Barrett is a donkey and so is McBride. Neither is worth a damn. Where is the national team coverage. All this MLS and USL coverage makes me sick. Your show focuses on the national team as it should. So many others spend hours and days disecting a league which is semi interesting at best. The day before a national team qualifier and we’re discussing TFC and the Fire.

    Shame on you.

  2. For whatever reason Barrett wasn’t working in Chiicago. Last year his goal tally was only 5, I believe, and he was doing only slightly better this year. Getting McBride was not the greatest move, seems more commercial than anything. It seemed like Hammelts hand was forced.
    Jack. Last time I checked MLS was in America and this is the American Soccer Spot. You can damn well bet all other sites are still talking about your glorious European Leagues so it’s only right that Kartick brings this up.

  3. Jack, glad to see your such a fan of the Nats you immediately throw one of our all time best strikers under the bus. Shame on you.

    Barrett’s having one of his best years ever and the McBride deal could very well cost them a legit shot at the Cup. Seems like a situation where the tail wagged the dog. Nothing against McBride, but this was always a feel good retirement move and Chicago could really use some goals these past couple of weeks (with the exception of their beat down of the gals).

  4. Barrett, had many opportunities to score, unfortunately he rarely finished those. The Fire was in need of goals, Barrett had his chances and didn’t succeed so it was time to move on. Has McBride been a world beater, or even decent, not really. However, the Fire has some more speedy up and coming guys on the way….ie Patrick Nyarko, if he can stay healthy. The good news with McBride is he can actually stay on the pitch for a full game and doesn’t have the excessive sweating issues that Barrett did requiring to constantly be pulled late in games.

    Finally Kartik, add commentary wherever you want, we appreciate your insights on MLS and the national team.

  5. Uhm… Jack… this is the American soccer spot, not the Jack soccer spot. Perhaps people who frequent this blog are interested in soccer that takes place in, and for, the USA. I am FAIRLY confident that you know MLS is based in the…. drum role please… USA. Whoa! And the USL. Is THAT’S why they are covered here? I wonder. If you want to read strictly about USMNT then go to their website. I’m sure you will read a very well rounded, fair, and objective analysis of all USMNT performances.

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