What Brian McBride Must Do in Chicago

Brian McBride brings a wealth of experience to Chicago, but is that all he needs to carry with him?
by Kiran Balan   |   Friday, May 16, 2014

Ladder 97 – column on Chicago Fire & the Chicagoland area soccer scene.

The Chicago Fire have added yet another soccer legend to their already impressive coaching staff. Former US National Team and Chicago Fire striker Brian McBride will be a part time coach under Frank Yallop’s coaching staff.

Although he won’t be joining the men in red on touchline anytime soon, McBride wants to help the team improve on a lackluster start to the season and the Fire could use as much help as they can get.

A 5-4 win over Red Bull New York in their last game shows that the Fire do have the offensive capability to do damage to any team in MLS. Many questions still remain on the defensive side of the ball for the Fire, with many of the new defenders not living up to early season expectations. McBride will provide plenty of experience and knowledge to many of the young players such as Quincy Amarikwa and Harry Shipp and who is coming off his best game of the season against Redbull New York. Having Brian McBride act as mentor for the likes of Shipp and Amarikwa will help the Fire establish the killer instinct in front of goal when the game is on the line.

Struggling designated player Juan Luis Anangonó will also look to McBride for advice. The tall Ecuadorian striker has only scored 4 goals in 22 matches over the course of 2 seasons. Designated players for the most part have struggled for the Fire, and that can be seen as one of the main reason as to why the team has struggled to make a solid playoff push. With the help of Brian McBride, it will only be a matter of time before Anangonó is firing on all cylinders for the Fire.

Improving the coaching staff is definitely a big plus for the team moving forward, but depth within player personnel is another issue that needs to be dealt with through out the course of the season. The current group of players are more than capable of bouncing back in the Eastern Conference. With plenty of games left in the season having cover in certain positions will be an issue for coach Yallop and the Fire front office to discuss. 

The addition of Brian McBride will only complement the job that assistant coach Clint Mathis is doing with the strikers. Fire fans will hope that the win last weekend will be a sign of things to come as the season continues on.

NEXT UP: May 18 - Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois. 3 p.m. EST, My50, TWCSC, UniMas.  


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Columnist for his hometown MLS team, Chicago Fire. When he’s not flying down the left wing for ISU FC or in a pick-up game, he can be seen watching the beautiful game. A die-hard Chelsea and USMNT fan, he is keen to growing his soccer knowledge.