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Brian McBride Named United States Men's Soccer Team General Manager

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2020

Former Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride looks on before an MLS soccer match between the Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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Former United States international Brian McBride has been appointed as the new general manager of the U.S. Men's National Team.

According to U.S. Soccer's official website, the 47-year-old will immediately join head coach Gregg Berhalter and his coaching team to attend the January players' camp in Bradenton, Florida.

McBride won 95 caps for his country and scored 30 goals during his USMNT playing career.

Sporting director Earnie Stewart said:

"We are thrilled to have Brian McBride assume the role as General Manager of the U.S. Men's National Team. Through his impressive career as a three-time World Cup veteran and at clubs in England, Germany and the United States, he has earned the respect of his peers around the world. The hard-earned reputation will allow him to forge important relationships both internationally and here at home, and his understanding of the game and what it takes to succeed at the highest levels will be invaluable to our player pool and our staff."

The 47-year-old was a mainstay at Columbus Crew from 1996 to 2003, when he also spent time on loan at Preston North End and Everton. He previously played for Wolfsburg in the German second division before choosing to return to the States for the debut of Major League Soccer; McBride was the No. 1 overall draft pick.

In 2004 the striker joined Fulham, where he enjoyed a four-year spell with the west London club.

McBride, an Illinois native, ended his playing career in MLS, spending two seasons with Chicago Fire until 2010.

The new general manager expressed his delight at taking up his role:

"I am incredibly honored to once again represent the National Team and the U.S. Soccer Federation. It's critically important for everyone to understand the privilege and pride that goes with wearing the jersey, and I'm excited about the opportunity to build relationships with players and clubs that align with the philosophy and values of U.S. Soccer. In this position, part of my job is to work alongside Gregg and his staff in fostering a growth mentality for the USMNT and to help Earnie ensure that this mindset is present in all of our Youth National Teams."

McBride has worked as a football pundit and commentator for Fox and ESPN the last seven years. The Saint Louis graduate also founded McBride's Attacking Soccer Academy in 2011.

 

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