McBride set to leave Fulham

May 28, 2008
By Jeff Bradley

Longtime U.S. striker Brian McBride has told ESPN soccer analyst John Harkes that he will be leaving Fulham Football Club after five seasons with the London-based team.

"Brian told me that he believes he has a lot of good soccer left in him," said Harkes, "but it will not be with Fulham. He also said he's leaving the club on excellent terms."

McBride, 36, grew up in Arlington Heights, Ill., and played eight seasons in MLS for the Columbus Crew, who selected him first overall in the league's inaugural draft in 1996. It has been rumored that McBride could be returning to MLS to play for the Chicago Fire, but Harkes said that McBride has not made any decisions about where he'll be playing next season.

McBride, who represented the U.S. in the last three World Cups and scored memorable goals in American triumphs over Portugal and Mexico in 2002, leaves Fulham having scored 32 goals in the English Premier League.