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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 26, 2006

McBride decides to end international career

USA striker Brian McBride has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old Fulham player, who has taken part in three World Cups including this summer's event in Germany, made the announcement today, ending a 13-year association with the US team.

'This is a special day in that I have the opportunity to thank US Soccer for all they have done for me and my family,' McBride said on www.ussoccer.com.

'The consistent and determined efforts of the coaches, staff and players at US Soccer have helped bless me with the honour of being a part of three World Cups and playing the game I love over many years since first being called up in 1993.

'I will truly miss being part of the team. Additionally, I want to thank the fans of US Soccer for their enthusiasm and support.

'Without the encouragement and warm words from many fans, I would not be where I am today.'

McBride made 95 appearances for the US, with his 35 goals making him the nation's second-highest scorer of all time.

He was a member of the squad which competed at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup, scoring three goals in the tournament.

Former national coach Bruce Arena, who recently stepped down after eight years in charge when the US Soccer Federation decided not to offer him a new contract, praised McBride's contribution to the squad.

'It was an honour to have a player like Brian McBride at the core of the national team during my tenure,' Arena said.

'With his goalscoring, ability in the air and intelligence on both sides of the ball, he is truly a player with qualities unlike any other player to wear the national team uniform.

'I would like to personally thank him for everything he has done for our national team programme, and wish him and his family the best of luck for the future.'

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