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Former Fulham star McBride backs Premier League trials for US players

Brian McBride believes off-season training stints for MLS players is a good scenario for all parties involved.

A number of players from the North American domestic league, including Tim Ream who recently signed with Bolton from New York Red Bulls, DC United keeper Bill Hamid, Chicago Fire gloveman Sean Johnson and Red Bulls young gun Juan Agudelo, have trained with English Premier League clubs this winter and the former Fulham and USA national team star is all for it.

"I think this trend will continue as long as people over there perform well," McBride told ussoccer.com.

"It's a win for the club bringing them in, and it's a win for the club letting a player go, to come back with experience so he's fully fit and will hit the ground running for the last couple weeks of preseason, before the regular season.

"There's an argument to be made here, but what you're losing in a player not being there in the preseason, hopefully that will flow very quickly because that player's going to come in with the experience."

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