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U.S. men

McBride retires from international competition.

Brian McBride
Brian McBride retired from international competition as the second leading all-time U.S. men's scorer.
-- Fulham FC web site photo --
(Wednesday, July 26, 2006) -- Striker Brian McBride said after the United States men's 2-1 loss to Ghana and elimination from the World Cup that he had played his last World Cup game. Today, he made official his retirement from international competition.

A 13-year veteran of the U.S. team, McBride had 30 goals in 95 matches, placing the three-time World Cup veteran second on the all-time list to Eric Wynalda, who had 34 goals in 106 appearances.

"The consistent and determined efforts of the coaches, staff, and players at U.S. Soccer have helped bless me with the honor of being a part of three World Cups, playing the game I love over many years since first being called up in 1993," McBride said. "I will truly miss being part of the team. Additionally, I want to thank the fans of U.S. Soccer for their enthusiasm and support. Without the encouragement and warm words from many fans, I would not be where I am today.

McBride, 34, is the only U.S men's players to score in two World Cups (1998, 2002) and is the all-time leader with 10 goals in Cup qualifying. Third all-time with 10 appearances in World Cup games (trailing Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart who each have 11), McBride started all five matches in the 2002 Cup, netting the game-winners against Portugal and Mexico.

"Brian brought a fierce competitiveness and professionalism to the national team that really set the standard for the modern U.S. player," U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said. "When I look back at his impact on the team and the sport, I think it is easy to say that his legacy will be that of a true iron-man on the field and a gentleman off of it."

In 2002, McBride captured both the Golden Ball -- as tournament "Most Valuable Player" -- and the Golden Boot as the leading scorer with four goals, helping the U.S. to its second Gold Cup championship. He scored two goals during the Americans' third-place run in the 1999 Confederations Cup, including one against Saudi Arabia in the third-place match.

"With his goal scoring, ability in the air and intelligence on both sides of the ball, he is truly a player with qualities unlike any other player to wear the national team uniform," former U.S. manager Bruce Arena said. "I always admired both his commitment and his leadership, and have nothing but the greatest respect for him as a player and a person."

McBride has spent the last three seasons at Fulham of the English Premier League, totaling 19 goals in 54 league appearances. Last season, he was honored as Fulham "Player of the Year" after scoring 10 goals.

Prior to heading to England, McBride played eight years for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, recording 64 goals and 45 assists in 161 regular-season outings, while adding nine goals and three assists in 12 playoff games.

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