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Chicago's McBride reflects on time at Fulham

Chicago Fire striker Brian McBride says his time in England with Fulham was the best of his professional career and admits he is still surprised at what he was able to achieve with the club.

The New York Times held a question and answer session for fans with McBride and when asked about his most defining moment in Europe, the 37-year old responded with: "The first thing that comes to my mind is my last year there (with Fulham). And my last game there, when we were in Portsmouth and we stayed up with a late goal.

"Basically it was euphoric and that was a pretty special moment, celebrating on the field with all the players and the coach. The chairman was all out there and our fans stayed around. You just see how much it all matters there.

"Overall, the whole experience, you can see how passionate not only each player and the staff is but the fans themselves and how deeply it matters to them."

McBride has also had a bar named after him at Fulham's Craven Cottage and is still trying to get his head around the honor.

"To be a part of Fulham, for however long my name is there, is an amazing feeling for myself and my family," he added.

"My wife and I were overjoyed by it. I need to get back there and say hello to everybody.

"When I got injured we talked and tried to see if there was a time to get it done, but I think it will be in the offseason and I'll go over there. But it's just such an honor.

"I was able to be very involved with the club my last year and to have something like that, I can't really explain it more than that I'm just overjoyed and happy."

McBride made over 150 appearances for Fulham and also spent time with other European clubs including German outfit Wolfsburg and English clubs Preston and Everton before signing with the Fire last year.

Andrew Slevison
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