Earlier this year, I spoke with accomplished U.S. soccer forward Brian McBride about his prior World Cup experiences, being a collegiate athlete, and other soccer topics on and off the field. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup quickly approaching, I wanted to get the expertise of the only American male to score in two different World Cups. This most recent question and answer session with Brian McBride included discussing the 2014 FIFA World Cup, playing for the United States Men's National Soccer Team, and interacting with soccer fans at the Allstate Fan Zone.
MH: What is the key for the United States to be successful at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil?
Brian McBride: In situations like this, the key is to understand and adapt to each team. The strengths of each team will be very evident. There will be plenty of scouting work going on by the U.S. And really making sure that after the first game, you do everything correctly and get the right amount of rest and what you need to basically recover because that is going to be a big part of this. You look at on the field, the U.S. team is going to need to score some goals. We saw some very positive movement against Turkey but solidifying things in the back and not allowing that many opportunities to some very potent attacking teams.
MH: How many different emotions did you experience representing the United States in multiple World Cups?
Brian McBride: I experienced the gambit basically. In 1998, I was just so proud in my first World Cup and so happy to be there but then everything really didn't go well on the field. The results weren't anything that we wanted. Of course, that doesn't make anybody happy but still just an amazing thing to be a part of the World Cup. 2002 was the exact opposite in a sense because everything went right and the group was committed to each other and worked for each other from day one. I really got to enjoy every experience and happiness that soccer can provide. Lastly, in 2006 was almost a mix of the two World Cups where in the first game, we laid an egg. We came out and didn't play well. We basically stood around a lot and it was very disappointing. We go into the second game and see the commitment and fight for each other against Italy. We get a result and had the opportunity to go into the last game where a win would put us through but that didn't happen. I've experienced all the emotions in my three World Cups. I'll certainly always remember all of them.
MH: Why do you feel that being part of the Allstate Fan Zone is a great opportunity for you?
Brian McBride: It's a great opportunity for me because the Allstate Fan Zone itself is a fun thing. The two hours before the game is signing, meeting people, seeing everybody's excitement, and the anticipation for the game. For me, the really special part is the night before and the opportunity to surprise a local club soccer team, hop in and go through some games and a soccer clinic. At the end of that, Allstate provides the young athletes with jerseys, bags, balls, and really everything that a soccer player needs to be prepared to step on the field. Most of the time, it is for a group that would not necessarily be able to have that opportunity so that is the part that I enjoy the most.
For more information on the Allstate Fan Zone event with Brian McBride this weekend, see below:
Allstate Offers Fan-Friendly Activities and Brian McBride Autograph Session at EverBank Field
Soccer Legend to meet with Fans at the Allstate Fan Zone and Preview the World Cup Send-Off Match Between the U.S. Men’s National Team Match and Nigeria
WHAT: As soccer fans begin to turn their attention toward Brazil, Allstate, the official insurance sponsor of U.S. Soccer, has partnered with American soccer legend and FOX Soccer analyst Brian McBride to discuss the upcoming World Cup send-off match between the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) and Nigeria. McBride will also be present on match day at the Allstate Fan Zone, a fun and interactive fan experience taking place before the match at EverBank Field.
At the Allstate Fan Zone, soccer fans will have the opportunity to participate in a meet-and-greet autograph session with McBride. The family-friendly event also includes activities and a chance to win autographed merchandise and future U.S. Men’s National Team tickets.
WHO: Former USMNT and MLS star, Brian McBride
· Represented the USMNT in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006)
· Scored 30 goals in 96 international appearances from 1993-2006
· Became the first American player to score at two World Cups
· Selected as captain of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team
· Named to the 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame
· Current analyst for Fox Soccer and Fox Sports
WHEN: Saturday, June 7
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET (Allstate Fan Zone open to fans)
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET (McBride autograph session at Allstate Fan Zone)
WHERE: EverBank Field
1 Everbank Field Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32202