Bob Bradley, Brian McBride heading into Soccer Hall of Fame

Bob Bradley, Brian McBride heading into Soccer Hall of Fame
February 24, 2014, 2:45 pm
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CSN Staff

The first head coach of the Fire and one of America's finest soccer players are heading into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced Monday that Bob Bradley and Brian McBride would be a part of the 2014 induction class.

Bradley was the Fire's first coach, taking over in 1998 and leading them to an MLS Cup and a pair of U.S. Open Cups in five years at the helm. Bradley also famously coached the U.S. National Team to a World Cup appearance in 2010. He's one of seven Fire figures honored in the team's "Ring of Fire."

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McBride will go down as one of the best U.S. soccer players ever, having scored 30 goals in 95 international games for the United States. He became the first American to score in two separate World Cups and scored two game-winning goals in the 2002 World Cup. A native of Buffalo Grove, McBride spent the final few seasons of his career with the Fire from 2008 to 2010. He scored 18 goals for the Fire during his two and a half seasons in Chicago.

Their induction will make three members of the Hall of Fame who have played or coached for the Fire.