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Fire Thu May 29 2008

Brian McBride Coming Home?

Yesterday Arlington Heights native Brian McBride decided to leave English Premiere League club Fulham. Any American soccer fan with a heart would love to see such a seasoned pro finish his career with his hometown team, and any Chicago Fire fan with a brain knows that even at 35 he could help this team a whole lot. However, with the MLS rules as they are, Toronto FC would have first dibs on him and he'd also probably take up a Designated Player slot that the Fire doesn't have. So the question becomes: How much would be too much to give up for a 35-year-old striker on a team that's pretty deep in strikers?

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