He came in as a stop-gap when most of Everton's
front-line were incapacitated. Even when they came back on line, and
McBride's limitations were becoming apparent, it was thought hat David Moyes pushed hard to
keep the aging star through next season. Fortunately, he was
thwarted, and McBride returned to his beautiful wife in the USA.
Later, McBride would reveal, "I was thoroughly excited to join Everton,
when Joe-Max Moore was there I went to Goodison to watch a game and loved
"Moyesy pulled me aside when I got there and said 'Listen, I don't
think I will be able to buy you, even if you score a bunch of goals, I won't
be buying players over 30'.
"I'd not played for two months and the speed of the games was much
quicker than the MLS. So when Moyesy said he was going to start me at
Tottenham I was in shock. The players knew I was there on loan but were so
receptive and made me feel at home."
Coming to Everton, McBride ranked fourth on the all-time US
goal-scoring list. His six goals in World Cup qualifying are the
second most in US history. He Won Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the
2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup after finishing with four goals.
He went on to play for Fulham, and Chicago Fire in the MLS, where he played his last game before retiring in October 2010, scoring the opening goal on the final day defeat of Chivas just for good measure.
2002: Played in eight of the team�s
first 11 games. Started all five games at the Gold Cup, helping the US to
its first title since 1991. Recorded a hat-trick against El Salvador
on 27 January. Scored the game�s only goal against Cuba (21 Jan).
Scored the USA�s second penalty kick in the shootout win against Canada
to put the team into the finals. Named to the Gold Cup Best XI .
Assisted on both of Clint Mathis�s goals in a 4-0 win over Honduras on 2
2001: A series of health problems
prevented McBride from full participation in international competition and
MLS. Scored the first goal of the year for the US in the 2-1 victory
against China on 27 Jan. Forced to leave the USA�s first
qualifying match against Mexico after just 15 minutes when an errant elbow
rendered his right eye swollen shut. Appeared in three World Cup
qualifiers, starting against Mexico and Jamaica on 16 June.
Recurrence of a rare blood disorder sidelined McBride from August until
the end of November. Returned to start in the USA�s final match of
2001, a 1-0 loss to South Korea on 9 Dec.
2000: Finished the year tied for third
in scoring with four goals and one assist despite missing considerable
time through injury. Scored the crucial game-winning goal on a
diving header to help the USA earn a 1-0 win over Guatemala at RFK Stadium
in the critical fourth game of the semifinal round of World Cup
qualifying. Scored the third goal in a 3-0 win over Mexico at Giants
Stadium to help the USA win the 2000 Nike US Cup title. Scored the
first goal with a powerful header in quarterfinal Gold Cup match against
1999: Tied Joe-Max Moore with three
goals to lead the US in scoring in 1999. Scored two of his goals
during the FIFA Confederations Cup, including one against Saudi Arabia in
the third-place match. In a year in which head coach Bruce Arena
continually tweaked with his line-up, he missed just two USA matches.
1998: Scored the only US goal at the
1998 World Cup in France, against Iran. He had the highest
goals-per-minutes played during World Cup qualifying, scoring four goals
in 353 minutes (a goal every 88 minutes). Scored the second goal in
the 3-0 victory over Austria, in Vienna.
1997: Scored two goals in the USA�s
4-2 World Cup qualifying win over El Salvador, 16 Nov 1997.
1996: Scored his first goal in the USA's
2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala 3 Nov 1996. Scored his
second goal in the USA's 2-1 win over Costa Rica on 14 Dec 1996.
1993: Formerly a member of the US
National B Team, leading the squad in scoring ifor the third year in
succession. Member of the US Under-20 National Team while attending
Buffalo Grove (IL) High School. Played for the US at the World
University Games in Buffalo, New York.
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