|Brian McBride - Striker|
Widely considered to the be the best American player ever in the air, he is one of the USA's most accomplished forwards. Brian McBride had the ability to hold the ball up as well as distribute it around, and score goals. He proved that in his first five outings for Everton, scoring four – all with his feet! And that included a goal against Spurs inside 10 mins of his debut at White Hart Lane.
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 it,"
"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.
Prior Career History
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 March.
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 Colombia.
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.