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w/ MNT forward Brian McBride


Brian McBride may or may not need some sort of therapy. Regardless, with 25 prompts on topics both easy and tough, we play psychiatrist to get a candid look inside the mind of the 29-year-old Mr. Popularity from the Columbus Crew, who has come back from a string of odd injuries to claim one of two hotly-contested starting forward spots on the U.S. Men's National Team.

A native of Chicago suburb Arlington Heights, McBride has been lucky to stay close to home (or at least in the Midwest) for most of his soccer life. A Hermann and MAC Award-winner and school leading scorer at Saint Louis University before becoming a perennial MLS All-Star and spending his entire domestic pro career with the Crew up the road in Ohio, the veteran of France ‘98 now looks to take his has aerial act to Korea/Japan for this summer's mother of all soccer tournaments. McBride has sharpened his game of late, to the tune of four goals and an MVP trophy in the five games on the way to the 2002 Gold Cup championship and two assists in the team's 4-0 win over Honduras on March 2. The only reason you didn't see the 6'0" striker mixing it up with Cannavaro in Sicily was because McBride made a huge stride off the field by getting married to long-time girlfriend Dina in Chicago on Feb. 16.

Prompt ::: Response
Chicago ::: Home
Saint Louis University ::: Great school
St. Louis, the city ::: Very smart soccer town
Columbus Crew ::: Awesome friends and teammates
Crew Stadium ::: Great place for a soccer game
Columbus, the city ::: Great family town
MLS ::: Building block
English Premier League ::: Lot of fun to watch
Contraction ::: Hard on players, good for the league
MLS Cup ::: Something we haven't achieved
Bruce Arena ::: Deserves your best
Clint Mathis ::: Enjoyable guy
Joe-Max Moore ::: What every team needs
Landon Donovan ::: Quick
Brian Maisonneuve ::: Solid, smart
Headers ::: Timing
Injury ::: Setback
Family ::: Friends
Marriage ::: Love
1994 World Cup ::: Excitement
1998 World Cup ::: Loved the experience, hated the results
2002 Gold Cup ::: Building
2002 World Cup ::: Can't wait
U.S. Soccer ::: Growing, pushing forward 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (A look at the new Nike U.S. World Cup jerseys)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT forward Brian McBride)
3) At the Oscars (w/ U-21 WNT/WNT forward Aly Wagner)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ U-20 MNT midfielder Jordan Stone)
5) Life as a Soccer Mom (w/ WNT defender Joy Fawcett)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ U-23 MNT/MNT forward Landon Donovan)
7) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Ecuador, Germany -- March 10, 27)
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (MNT's "European Vacation" Trivia)

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