Return to MLS in the Cards as McBride Leaves Fulham

Return to MLS in the Cards as McBride Leaves Fulham

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 28, 2008
  • Brian McBride

AP PhotoSomewhere there is a big smile on the face of Don Garber and the rest of the Major League Soccer front office staff. One of their originals could possibly be on their way back to finish out his days in a MLS uniform.

American forward and retired U.S. national standout Brian McBride has parted ways with Fulham FC, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 35-soon-to-be-36-year old McBride, leaves Fulham after scoring 40 goals in 150 appearances since joining the club in 2004.

“After much consideration with my family, we have decided to leave Fulham after four and a half fantastic years,” McBride said in a team-issued statement. “I have always stated my intention to return to America at some stage and this seems like the right moment in my career to move on.”

As we all now by now, the biggest questions going on in the minds of those around MLS is where will he go next? Will he indeed come back to the place where it all started for him in Columbus or will he go to his home-town club in Chicago?

We know MLS uses a pencil for when it writes it’s rules. So you better believe that in the case of McBride coming back to the league they will bend over backwards for him to allow him to play where ever it is he wants to. I say that because currently Chicago does not have the proper allocation or money in place to land McBride, that is unless they make a hell of a deal with someone or a group of someones.

Columbus on the other hand does have the allocation in place. The Crew have been looking for a top striker and seeing the golden boy come home would do some good things for this club who are already seeing plenty of success this season.

I’d love to see him in Columbus. There is something about a player returning to the club where he really made a name for himself and helped put on the map like when he was in Columbus. Sure the club didn’t win any MLS Cups with him but they certainly saw some solid growth thanks to him. But if he did end up in Chicago I would love to know exactly how the Fire were able to swing that.

It will be interesting to see over the next month who exactly goes after him here. I think his time in Europe is up and a return home is definitely in the works.

Where do you want to see him go? Let’s hear it