ST. LOUIS – Brian McBride, who went on to enjoy one of the best professional careers in United States history after a four-year career at Saint Louis University, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
McBride is the Billikens’ all-time leading scorer, compiling 184 points (72G, 40A) during his four-year career from 1990 to 1993. A two-time All-American, McBride was the Great Midwest Conference’s Most Valuable Player of three consecutive seasons (1991-93). At the conclusion of his senior year, he was one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy and was runner-up for the Missouri Athletic Club’s national Player of the Year award.
Following his sensational SLU career, McBride went on to experience success at every level of professional soccer. He enjoyed an 11-year MLS career with the Columbus Crew (1996-2003) and Chicago Fire (2008-10). In addition, he played seven seasons with three different teams in England, including Fulham, where he was a captain of the English Premier League club.
McBride also starred for the U.S. National Team, earning 95 international caps and scoring 30 goals. He helped the United States capture the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and reach the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup – the best finish by the team in the modern era.
McBride had his No. 20 jersey retired at SLU in 2002. He was voted as a member of the Billikens’ Half-Century Team in 2009, and in 2011 he returned to campus following his retirement in celebration of his career.
McBride will be the fourth player with Billiken ties to enter the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Most recently, Al Trost was inducted in 2006. Pat McBride (no relation to Brian) was inducted in 1994, while former head coach Harry Keough was inducted in 1976.