Brian McBride Set To Make MLS Debute For Chicago Fire Today

ThomasSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2008

After a disappointing Olympic run, Brian McBride has returned to the States to make his MLS debut.  He will join the Chicago Fire when they play DC United later today.

McBride recently joined his hometown club after his contract at Fulham was not renewed.  On Friday, the Fire held a formal introduction for McBride and announced that he would be able to play the next day.  McBride just got back after losing to Nigeria in the Olympics, 2-1. 

He arrived at the club's training grounds on Friday morning and proceeded to practice with them.  He told reporters at the press conference, "I feel pretty good right now. I should be ready." 

McBride also stated that playing for Chicago was what he has wanted for a while now.  He said that he and his family were happy to come home.  Originally, Toronto FC had the rights to sign McBride, but the Fire traded forward Chad Barrett and a 4th-round draft pick to sign McBride.

Although the deal took a while to finalize, McBride and Chicago got what they wanted.  When asked by a reporter what he would've done if the Fire did not sign him, McBride said he would've retired.

The Fire will meet DCU for the third and final time this season.  The rivalry between the two clubs is very intense and everyone expects a great match.  The last time the two clubs met, DCU won, 2-1.  If the Chicago Fire win the match, they will take first place in the Eastern Division.