SLU standout Brian McBride named to U.S. Soccer HOF

CHICAGO - A former standout on the Saint Louis University soccer team has been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Brian McBride, an Arlington Heights, Illinois native, played at SLU from 1990 to 1993. He holds the school's career record in points and goals, and is second in career assists.

McBride's pro career began in Milwaukee with a minor league team. He moved to Germany in 1994 and played for a second division club for two years before returning to the states in 1996 to play for the Columbus Crew of the newly created MLS.

The Crew loaned McBride out to a pair of English clubs (Preston North End and Everton) between 2000 and 2003. In 2004, McBride joined Premier League side Fulham. He would score 33 goals in 140 appearances for the club over a five-year period.

McBride returned stateside in 2008 and spent the final years of his pro career with the Chicago Fire.

McBride retired in September 2010, but came out of retirement in June 2012 to play for an English club in that country's prestigious FA Cup tournament. He has not played professionally since.

McBride is a veteran of three World Cups and scored 30 goals in 95 international appearances from 1993-06.

Former women's national team standout Kristine Lilly, and former men's national team coach Bob Bradley were also elected to the hall.

The U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, located in Oneonta, New York, closed its doors to the public in 2010, though inductions continue.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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