Former Fulham forward and current member of the MLS Chicago Fire Brian McBride is set to retire at the end of the 2010 MLS season.
And the former USA national team star is considered one of the best Americans to ever play the game and is currently in third place all time for career goals for the national team side. McBride’s career has been long and illustrious and the former Columbus man has scored 78 goals and 51 assists in his 11 year MLS career with Chicago and Columbus and the forward also still shares the Crew joint record for total goals scored along with Jeff Cunningham.
And it is fitting that McBride will be hanging up the boots at the age of 38 years old. After all he is one of the few players playing in the league today that was alive when Richard Nixon was still in office before the Watergate scandal. McBride will always be remembered as a hard working fan favorite whose best years were likely with Premier League side Fulham where the forward scored 40 career goals in 153 appearances with the side and was honored with the team’s Player of the Year Award two times in his career in 2005 and 2006.
And the forward was so popular with the English side that Fulham named a stadium bar after him when he left the squad to rejoin the MLS in 2008. McBride is considered one of the best MLS players to ever play for the league and was the first pick in the MLS Inaugural Draft for Columbus. The former Hamburg and Everton man (on loan) also was honored as one of the MLS All Time Best XI recently and will be greatly missed as a footballer by American fans and English fans alike.
And like I said before Fulham named a bar after him and in my opinion that is way better then a statue outside of the stadium anyway.