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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 11:40 GMT
McBride to leave Everton
Everton striker Brian McBride is returning to the USA
Brian McBride will return to being a Crew member
Striker Brian McBride will part company with Everton after the Toffees failed to extend his loan deal.

Everton boss David Moyes confirmed that USA international McBride will leave after Sunday's game with Arsenal.

The American star's three-month loan deal runs out a week later when he will be on international duty with the United States.

We are sorry to lose him and he will be missed
Everton boss David Moyes

McBride will resume his domestic career with Columbus Crew after becoming a regular in his time at Goodison Park.

Originally brought in as cover for Kevin Campbell, McBride's haul of four goals in eight games forced Moyes to keep him in the side.

Everton's attempts to extend McBride's loan spell until the end of the season were rejected by Columbus.

Moyes was keen to capture McBride for next season as well, but the lure of a facility fee did not attract Columbus who were only interested in a permanent deal.

Everton rejected that as they felt there would be little prospect of sell-on profit on the 30-year-old striker.

Moyes said: "We are sorry to lose him and he will be missed.

"He has done extremely well, exactly what we had hoped for - if not better when we signed him.

"Brian has scored 4 goals in 8 games, which is a good record for any player in the Premier League.

"He has played a big part in our season at Everton and we wish him all the very best for the future," Moyes told Evertonfc.tv.





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