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Statement from Bruce Arena on Brian McBride's Illness

CHICAGO (Thursday, August 16, 2001) - Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride will miss the remainder of the 2001 Major League Soccer season due to a reformation of a blood clot in his upper right arm. Doctors at Riverside Methodist Hospital performed a vascular procedure to open up the vein on Wednesday, August 15. McBride is on blood thinner medication that will force him to miss the rest of the season.


U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena had the following comments on this news: "The most important thing right now is Brian's well being. Obviously, Brian has been a tremendous asset to our team and we wish him the best in his recovery. Injuries are part of the process. One of the strengths of our team throughout qualifying has been the tremendous depth that exists at every position on the field, and we look forward to taking advantage of that depth in our upcoming qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica."

The United States will begin training August 26th for the two key upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The United States plays host to Honduras on Saturday, September 1 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Telemundo.