McBride: Final match just another game

Emblematic striker might not start for Chicago-Chivas USA match

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Brian McBride has never been one to put himself above the team, and that isn’t about to change even as the last match of his illustrious 17-year professional career nears.

Asked Thursday what exactly Saturday’s season finale at Chivas USA means to him, the Chicago Fire’s retiring striker insisted that this weekend’s match at the Home Depot Center is just another game.

“I’m just looking at this game the same as any other game,” the three-time World Cup vet told MLSsoccer.com over the phone. “Last Saturday, [when McBride was honored in his final match at Toyota Park] was my chance to say goodbye and get a chance to take it all in with my family and be sentimental.”

McBride, who has recovered from a stomach bug that kept him out of training on Wednesday, added that Saturday’s match is more about the squad than him.

“It’s for the team,” he said. “We’re just trying to end the season on a good note. We have to make sure we come in with the right mind set and show integrity for ourselves, our organization, and our fans.”

Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos said Wednesday that he wasn’t yet sure if McBride will start against Chivas USA.

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