Brian Robert McBride (born June 19, 1972) is a retired American soccer player who played for the Columbus Crew, Fulham F.C. and the Chicago Fire and is the fourth highest all-time leading goalscorer for the United States national team. For much of his career he played in Europe, notably for Fulham in the English Premier League.
During his time in London, McBride became a fan-favourite as well as team captain; after leaving the club, Fulham renamed the sports bar at Craven Cottage McBride's in his honour.
Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, McBride played varsity soccer at Buffalo Grove High School, under coach John Erfort, where he led the Bison to the Illinois state championship in 1988, his junior year. During a playoff game against Fremd, McBride broke his nose in the first half, but came back into the game to score the game-winning goal. In his four years in high school, he scored 80 goals, 33 as a senior despite playing his senior season as a defender. In the regional final against Stevenson High School his senior season, McBride played goalkeeper, stopping four of eight penalty kicks and running up the other end to score five on the counterattack after the game ended tied. McBride was also named an All-American by Parade Magazine. Later, as a professional, he signed a contract with Nike with the condition that the boys' varsity soccer team receive new uniforms every two years...
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