During the half time report at the MLS All-Star game, MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that the Brian McBride saga is over.
Sure this saga was nothing compared to Cristiano Ronaldo-to-Real Madrid, but for fans of MLS—especially those fans of the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC—this has been drawn out far too long.
While Garber would not say full out that McBride is on his way to Chicago, he did say a deal was done and an official announcement would be made tomorrow. He also said that it would be nice to see McBride playing in Chicago
These comments along with McBride’s persistence on playing for the Fire, lead this writer to believe that ex-Fulham player will soon be playing in Chicago.
This deal has been in the works for weeks and it looks like it was finally completed. Toronto FC owns the rights to McBride and Chicago needs to complete a deal with them in order to aquire the striker.
While I have no idea what Chicago gave up for McBride, I am sure it was worth it.
After a dry spell, the Fire have improved and currently sit third in the Eastern Conference behind the New England Revolution and the Columbus Crew.
For a team that is traditionally strong in the second, the addition of McBride would be a huge boost for the Fire.
Paired with the likes of Cuauhtemoc Blanco, John Thorrington, and Chris Rolfe, the Fire could possess one of the top offensive teams in the league to go with their already stingy defense that has given up only 14 goals in 16 games this season.
Should be fun to watch.