Brian McBride, who played for the USA in three World Cups, has been
named the new U.S. men's national team general manager.
The National Soccer Hall of Famer was chosen from a list of 20 candidates and fills the position previously held by Earnie Stewart, who was named U.S. Soccer's sporting director, a new position, in 2019.
“We are thrilled to have Brian McBride assume the role as general manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” Stewart said. “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.”
McBride and Stewart were teammates on the 1998 and 2002 World Cup teams. McBride also played at the 2006 World Cup.
U.S. women's national team general manager Kate Markgraf and Stewart conducted interviews with candidates for the position. U.S. Soccer described McBride's primary focus as being related to only senior national team: "to oversee the development and management of the [men's national team] player pool, build and guide the culture within the men’s national team environment, manage relationships with clubs and represent the USMNT on the global stage." (Markgraf's responsibilities cover the entire women's national team program: hiring senior and youth team coaches and staffs, implementing a philosophy to the program and setting standards.)
Some highlights of McBride's 17-year career:
-- He earned 95 caps and scored 30 goals for the USA;
-- He was the first U.S. player to score goals in multiple men's World Cups;
-- He scored the third and decisive goal in the USA's 3-2 win over Portugal and had the game-winner against Mexico in the 2-0 shutout victory in the round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup;
-- He was selected first overall in MLS’s Inaugural Player Draft in 1996 and scored 62 goals over eight seasons for the the Columbus Crew;
-- He earned Player of the Season honors at Fulham in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons;
-- He set school records for goals (72) and assists (40) at Saint Louis University.
Since retiring, McBride worked as an analyst for Fox Sports and ESPN and founded his own soccer academy (Brian McBride’s Attacking Soccer Academy) and co-founded TiPEVO (an online youth soccer directory for which he served as chief strategic officer).
McBride and his wife Dina have three daughters and live in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where they both grew up.
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