Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Brian McBride Reflects On Europe, USA and MLS
New York Times, September 24th, 2009 4:15PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Brian McBride, the Chicago Fire striker and former national team star, answered readers' questions for the New York Times blog "Goal." Among other things, he spoke about his time in Europe, the current national team, the state of MLS, and the strikers he admires in the Premiership.

McBride on the growth of the U.S. national team: "Bruce Arena laid a great foundation for the national team. One that made everybody have belief. Belief in themselves and belief in the team. From there, I think you saw people starting to do well in other places besides MLS. Before that, you had Claudio Reyna, Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and John Harkes and a few others who had done well, or were doing well at that time, before the mental side of things had us saying, 'listen, we have the ability and you've got to believe it.' From there, the organization has grown ... I think the men's national team is looking great. We have got an extremely large amount of talent that I'm excited to continue to watch and see progress. And with what Bob Bradley has done, he's sort of brought these players in with some of the veterans, I think that you see how he is trying to build what he wants and build upon what Bruce had, but also sort of make it his own. I've enjoyed watching."

On how MLS is different the second time around: "I think it is definitely more exciting. Now playoff spots are playoff spots. They're not one or two teams missing out ... I think the depth of the teams is deeper. Players that come off the bench can actually help the team and make a better difference than in the past. That's not to say when I was here, that there weren't players on the bench that could make a difference. There were. Now, if you go into preseason, there's a lot more people pushing for spots and that pushes other people. That part helps."

On his relationship with Fire teammate Cuauthemoc Blanco: "I think everybody in the group are friends. I can't speak Spanish very well, or at all. And his English is probably better than my Spanish but it's more of a 'Hello' type of friendship.

 

 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Steven Gerrard: 'Every Person Slips'    
Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out ...
La Liga Champ Eying Chicharito    
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who started just six Premier League games for Manchester United last season ...
No Charges for Moyes Over Bar Incident    
Former Manchester United coach David Moyes is in the clear after he was investigated over an ...
West Ham Acquires Ecuador World Cup Striker    
West Ham has finalized a $20 million transfer of Ecuador striker Enner Valencia from Mexican club ...
Bayern Boss Not Allowed To Board Plane to USA    
Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, along with six youth players and three crew members ...
Thai Refs Must Swear Oath to Buddha     
Thailand's soccer federation bosses have made more than 100 referees swear an oath of honesty at ...
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives