Player Details


Brian McBride


6' 0"


174 lbs

Date of Birth

6.19.1972 (51)


Arlington Heights, IL USA


Career Summary

One of the most decorated players in United States soccer history…the striker has played in 3 separate World Cups, earning over 90 caps for the USA across all international competition…recently served as the captain of the U.S. Olympic Team at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in China. Returns to the Fire in 2010 after an injury shortened season to help lead the Fire's front line.

MLS Experience
2009: Started all 22 games in which he appeared… scored a team high 7 goals while notching 2 assists through 1961 minutes… underwent shoulder surgery for a torn labrum returning nearly a month earlier than expected to score game tying goal v. TFC 9/29… SUPERLIGA: Played three games, starting all three and scoring two goals as the Fire marched to a second place finish in the tournament.

2008: Recorded 10 games started in 11 games played… scored 5 goals and 2 assists through 932 minutes …made Fire debut on 8/16 coming off the bench for 45 min. in 1-0 loss vs. DC …recorded first Fire assist on 8/21 @ LA in 1-0 W (Thorrington, 65')…game-winner…tallied first goal for Fire on 8/31 @ HOU in 2-1 loss …scored 2 goals vs. CLB on 10/12 in 2-2 tie; Earned Player of the Week honors…scored in 5-2 win vs. NY on 10/23 (43')…MLS Playoffs - Played the full 90 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals @ NE in 0-0 tie…played full 90 min in 3-0 win vs. NE in Leg 2 of ECSF…played full 90 and scored (29') in the Eastern Conference Final @ CLB in 2-1 loss.

COLUMBUS CREW/MLS: McBride was the first overall pick of Major League Soccer in its inaugural draft in 1996…went on to play 8 seasons with Columbus where he scored 62 goals and registered 45 assists in 161 league games…his 62 goals is still the Columbus franchise record which he holds with Jeff Cunningham…named to the MLS All-Time Best XI in 2005 as part of the league's 10th anniversary…selected to 8 MLS All-Star games and had made 7 appearances…the 7 appearances are tied for 5th all-time in MLS All-Star history…tied for the All-Star all-time lead with 5 goals (with Landon Donovan) and 8 assists (with Carlos Valderrama)…

2003: Tallied 12 goals and 3 assists in 27 appearances for the Crew. 2002-03: Loaned to Everton for the first 3 months of 2003, scoring 4 goals in 8 games. 2002: Led Columbus to their first title, the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 2001: Missed most of the season with a variety of injuries, playing in just 15 matches and scoring once. 2000-01: Loaned to Preston North End following the 2000 MLS season, where he quickly became a starter. 2000: Completed the 2000 MLS season with 6 goals and 5 assists, despite a fractured cheekbone. 1999: Scored 5 goals and registered 10 assists, helping lead the Crew to the Eastern Conference Finals. 1998: Finished 2nd in points with the Crew (27), registering 10 goals and 7 assists. 1997: Played just 13 games due to an ankle injury, however still tallied 18 points on 6 goals and 6 assists. 1996: First overall selection to the inaugural MLS draft on Feb. 6, 1996…scored 17 goals to go along with 3 assists in 27 matches…1994-95: Played in the German Second Division with VfL Wolfsburg, scoring once in 18 matches…tallied the goal in a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the German Cup Quarterfinals. 1994: Started professional career in an 18 game stint with minor league team Milwaukee Rampage…scored 17 goals and collected 18 assists.

Other Professional Experience
Fulham FC:
 Spent 4 ½ seasons with Fulham FC in the Barclays Premiership in England….appeared in McBride has spent the last four and a half seasons with Fulham FC in the Barclays Premiership…made 154 career appearances for Fulham and started 111 games…scored 40 goals for the Whites, which included 32 Premiership goals…served as the team captain in 2007-08 and was voted the club's Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

2007-2008: Dislocated kneecap after knocking in the opening goal in match with Middlesbrough in second game of the season…returned to the pitch in February when the Whites were staring at relegation from the Premiership…return to the club proved to be a spark the team needed as they avoided dropping from the Premiership by winning 4 of their last 5 games…scored a critical goal against Reading on April 12 that launched the team's march back from relegation status…scored the game-winner against Birmingham City on May 3 heading into the final matchday…announced departure from Fulham on May 28 in order to return to the United States. 2006-2007: Named Fulham's Player of the Year after being the team's top scorer, registering 12 goals in all competitions, including 9 in EPL action. 2005-2006: Earned his first Player of the Year honors from Fulham…scored 8 goals in all competitions, including 2 multiple-goal efforts. 2004-2005: Scored 6 goals in 31 league games which included a pair against Norwich on the final matchday. 2003-2004: Saw action in 17 of 20 league games after moving to the team in midseason…scored 5 goals.

Has earned 95 caps and scored 30 goals for the U.S. Men's National Team...the 30 goals rank 3rd on the USA's all-time goal scoring list behind Eric Wynalda and Landon Donovan…is the USA's all-time leader in World Cup qualifying goals with 10…has appeared in 3 World Cups - 1998, 2002 and 2006 - and is the only American to ever score goals in more than one World Cup…his 3 goals for the U.S. in World Cup play are 2nd on the country's all-time list (Bert Patenaude tops that list) …also has 10 assists for the National Team…announced his retirement from international soccer in the summer of 2006, but came out of that retirement to again play for his country at the 2008 Olympics as he was named one of 3 "overage" players…served as the team's captain.

2008: At the Beijing Games, did not score in any of the 3 matches but did play 74 minutes in 1-0 vs. Japan and 90 minutes in draw with the Netherlands and in loss to Nigeria. 2006: Appeared in 5 games, including 3 at the FIFA World Cup in Germany…started all 3 games…played full 90 minutes against Italy in 1-1 tie with the eventual World Cup champions. 2005: Tallied 3 goals in 6 final round qualifiers, including the game-winner against Trinidad and Tobago on Aug. 17 in Hartford. 2004: One of only 2 players to appear in all 8 of the U.S. World Cup qualifiers in the 2nd and semifinal rounds. 2003: Registered 3 goals and 2 assists in the Gold Cup. 2002: Started all 5 matches for the U.S. in the World Cup in South Korea and Japan, netting 2 goals and an assist…scored the first goal ion a diving header to five the U.S. a 3-0 leads against Portugal in the opening match, and then struck for the game-winning goal in the 2-0 2nd round victory over Mexico…won the Gold Boot (top scorer) and Gold Ball (MVP) of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping the U.S. to its first title since 1991. 2001: Appeared in 3 World Cup qualifiers, started against Mexico and Jamaica. 2000: Scored the game-winning goal on a header to helping the USA earn a 1-0 win over Guatemala at RFK Stadium in the must-win 4th game of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying…scored the first goal with a header in the quarterfinal Gold Cup match against Columbia. 1999: Scored 2 goals during the FIFA Confederations Cup, including one against Saudi Arabia in the 3rd-place match. 1998: Tallied the only U.S. goal of the 1998 World Cup in France against Iran. 1997: Scored 2 goals in the USA's 4-2 World Cup qualifying win against El Salvador on Nov. 16. 1996: Scored his first goal in the USA's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Guatemala on Nov. 3.

A two time All-American at Saint Louis University…named MVP of the Great Midwest Conference three consecutive years while also being named to All-Conference first team in same time period…set career records with 72 goals, 40 assists and 184 total points for the Billikens… played 89 games in 4 seasons.

Named an All-American by Parade Magazine after leading Buffalo Grove High School to 1988 Illinois State Championship. Thereafter signed a contract with NIKE to provide schools with new uniforms every two years…. Named to the Illinois High School Association All-Time All-State First Team along with Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas…Became the first ever spokesperson for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association…he and his wife, Dina, have 3 daughters.