Posts Tagged ‘Brian McBride’

McPride Bids Adieu

McEffort, McHustle, McClass, McGoal….McBride.

Home Depot Center in Carson, CA has the privelege of being graced br Brian McBride in his final professional game. McBride treated the pitch to something vintage with a back heel goal in the first half.

Well-played McBreezy, well-played.


From 09/03:

McEffort, McGentleman, McTeam Player, McPride.....McBride!

One-of-a-kind Brian McBride announces his retirement.

McBride was a pioneer for American players overseas–reaching the pinnacle as the captain of a top Premiership side in Fulham–and is still looked at as the model of what an American striker should be.

While Clint Mathis added the swagger to American soccer, Brian McBride can be considered the fabric.

An unflashy player who got the job done in a flashy position, McBride is so revered by all that consideration–as we joked about on Thursday–will always go out for him to be included on the national team.

A bar at Fulham’s Craven Cottage is named for him.

Member of TSG’s All-Decade Team.

♦ Returned the same season from a dislocated knee to spark Fulham who skirted relegation in 2008. His play in a key match against Reading was, in one word, inspirational.

♦ And by far, the best header of the ball to grace the Stars & Stripes.

Brian McBride, always classy for American soccer.

USMNT career:

The ingrained singular image, World Cup 2006:

Over 150 appearances, a captaincy, 40 goals for Fulham and respect from the English.

“What a finish…! Brian McBride a goal made in the U.S.A……”

If interested the TSG t-shirt: McBride: Unbreakable.

Guest Post: European Pie in the Sky

TSG commenter and writer of Ninety Plus Connor Walsh contributed the following piece about US players heading overseas in a World Cup year.

McBride found success on both sides of the pond.

Every American soccer player wants a piece of it; many Americans have tried and failed in Europe’s frying pan, unable to compete, adapt, or otherwise acclimatize themselves to it.

In a World Cup year, is the added benefit of European training and the much larger stage that comes with it, a risk worth taking when a World Cup roster spot is at stake?

Major League Soccer has taken great strides in the last few years in terms of level of play, but no argument can be made when compared to it’s quality versus the majority of European Leagues. Regardless of how hard it may be for anyone to break into a top Euro side, Americans are received overseas with a certain stigma.

Only a few Americans over the years have achieved success in Europe and even then it’s moderate success at that.  Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra, and Steve Cherundolo are the few names that come to mind.

The rewards for jumping ship to Europe are obvious. First, there is the pay.

The average pay in the Barclays Premier League in 2009 was $1.8 million/year.  The average pay in MLS did increase 12 percent to $129,395/year in 2008, but 119 players in MLS made the league minimum of $33,000/year or less (development players).  The large disparity in MLS wages also makes that number look much larger than it really is.  David Beckham makes the most of any player in MLS at $6.5 million/year guaranteed, but up and coming US star Stuart “Iceman” Holden of the Houston Dynamo made a paltry $34,728.75 in 2009.

Contrast that with Clint Dempsey, who is rumored to make around $36,865.71 per week staring for Fulham in the Premier League.  The gap is that big.

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How will Cody Arnoux fare? A statement on the EPL

Fan Danny B made the following comment in our Cody Arnoux post late last month.

1st in the lineage: Max-Moore

1st in the lineage: Max-Moore

Danny B’s comments, “I am an Evertonian, and I have to admit I have a fondness for Americans, particularly with the previous signings of Joe Max-Moore and Brian McBride on a loan spell, and now Tim Howard and our new recruits from MLS.

Thanks Danny. That’s now 3 different U.S. strikers that will showcase in the Toffee line-up in a decade if Arnoux can find his way onto the pitch for at least some mop up time in 2009.

A lot has changed since Joe Max-Moore made history with a stunning start for Everton in 1999.

Chiefly, in regards to striker play, is the introduction of stronger and more physically and offensively gifted defenders in the EPL.

Max-Moore and Cody Arnoux are virtually the same stature, both standing nearly 5’9” and tipping in at about 160lbs. Those are some slighter dimensions.

Take this!

Take This...

And This!

....And That!

However, Arnoux will be going up against fullbacks such as Kolo Toure, Brede Hangeland (gosh, imagine if we got him on the USMNT instead of his Norway allegiance), Nemanja Vidic among others. These athletes are comparatively bigger than their yesteryear counterparts.

I dare say a player like Gary Neville, a technically proficient defender in his day, would hard pressed to lock down a starting role in today’s game. (I’m sure I’ll get feedback on that comment).

Conversely, I think this is why you see players–specifically those with Iberian peninsula roots–like Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo himself departing to play in leagues where they don’t have to get ground down on a game by game basis by physically imposing defenders. I’m sure Ronaldo also wants the pomp, circumstance, food and women of Spain as well, but don’t think for a second that he doesn’t want to deal with less knock downs on a weekend basis.

Too slight?

Too slight?

Getting back to Arnoux, I think for this to work for him, he’s going to need to prove and learn to play against a much stronger defender. At Wafe Forest, Arnoux was crafty and smart with his runs. If he can’t take a hit in the EPL, he’s going to do just fine.


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