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July 26th, 2006 5:09PM



"Brian [McBride] brought a fierce competitiveness and professionalism to the national team that really set the standard for the modern U.S. player. 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 ironman on the field and a gentleman off of it."
-- U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati upon Brian McBride's retirement from the U.S. national team. McBride, 34, scored 30 goals in 95 appearances for the USA in his 13-year career. He played in the last three World Cups, scoring once in 1998 and twice in 2002, and scored a U.S. record 10 goals in World Cup qualifying.

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