Monday, July 18, 2011

Columbus Crew Honor Brian McBride With Circle of Honor, Legos

The Columbus Crew inducted U.S. National Team forward Brian McBride into their "Circle of Honor" at a halftime ceremony during last Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

McBride was the first pick in the inaugural Major League Soccer draft and played eight seasons, and scoring 62 goals, for the yellow and black before moving to the English Premier League and playing for Fulham in 2004.

When McBride return to MLS he signed with the Chicago Fire, retiring from the national team in 2006 (although featuring for the 2008 Olympic team) and professional soccer in 2010. McBride is a legend who's bloodied face from a 2006 World Cup has become an iconic image of American stick-to-itiv-ness (yup, that's a new word).

From the Columbus Crew:
"Induction represents the highest club honor and is reserved for only its most iconic figures, whose contributions and accomplishments will be recognized with a permanent presence on the west facade within the stadium. McBride will be joined on the field by his wife and daughters, and several of his former teammates."
McBride's permanent place at Crew Stadium must certainly rival the honor that his English club gave him, renaming Craven Cottage's in-stadium sports bar "McBride's". But nothing could compare the the other tribute the Crew paid to McBride outside the MLS's first soccer specific park; being enshrined in Legos. A honor just a little bit cooler than the tribute song, "You'll Always Want McBride On Your Side" that we wrote last year.

You could say McBride was a building block of the Crew...
An honor that even Lionel Messi would be crazy jealous of.
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