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U.S. Forward Brian McBride Announces Retirement From Professional Soccer at End of 2010 Season

CHICAGO (Sept. 7, 2010) — Former U.S. National Team forward and three-time World Cup veteran Brian McBride has announced that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2010 Major League Soccer season. The veteran striker had a remarkable 12-year international career that produced 30 goals through 95 matches, leaving McBride as the third all-time leading scorer in team history.

One of two players in U.S. history to score in multiple World Cups (1998, 2002), McBride is also second all-time in World Cup qualifying goals (10). The three-time World Cup veteran (1998, 2002, 2006) has the third-most appearances for the USA in World Cup matches (10), starting all five games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and netting the game-winners against Portugal and Mexico. He also netted the USA’s lone goal in France ’98.

The Arlington Heights, Ill., native collected three medals during his international career, highlighted by the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown. McBride captured both the Golden Ball as tournament MVP and the Golden Boot as the leading scorer with four goals to lead the U.S. to their second Gold Cup championship. He scored two goals during the USA’s third place run in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, including one against Saudi Arabia in the third-place match, and helped lift the trophy for the 2002 Nike U.S. Cup. As one of three veteran players, McBride captained the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008 in Beijing, starting all three matches.

A member of the MLS All-Time Best XI, the 38-year-old was the first player selected in the 1996 MLS inaugural player draft. In the eight years he played for the Columbus Crew, McBride tallied 62 goals, a club record he still shares with Jeff Cunningham. While with the Crew, McBride was selected to eight MLS All-Star Games, appearing in seven.

From 2004-2008, he spent four seasons in England with Fulham. He tallied 40 goals in 153 appearances, starting 111 games, and was handed Fulham’s captaincy in 2007.The target forward was Fulham’s top scorer in their 2006-07 campaign notching 12 goals, while helping the London-based club to retain their Premier League status. The famed forward and fan favorite won the club’s Player of the Year Award in 2007 and 2008 and became such an admired figure during his tenure in London that Fulham renamed a bar inside Craven Cottage “McBride’s” in June of 2009.