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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
McBride quits international scene
Brian McBride
USA striker Brian McBride has called time on his international career.

"I will truly miss being part of the team," said the 31-year-old Fulham man. "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 played in three World Cups, made 95 appearances and his 35 goals make him the nation's second-highest scorer of all time.

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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