Commentary

Finishing school

Retired U.S. striker Brian McBride's new goal is teaching American players how to score

Updated: May 6, 2011, 11:22 AM ET
By Doug McIntyre | ESPN The Magazine
Craig Mitchelldyer/ISIBrian McBride instructs U-18 U.S. strikers at one of his training sessions outside Portland, Ore.

This story appears in the May 16, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

ON A BRIGHT, LATE-APRIL AFTERNOON outside Portland, Ore., Brian McBride is booting crosses toward Under-18 national team strikers, one after another, challenging each to direct a difficult-to-control pass on goal.

McBride knows about scoring under pressure. He was the last U.S. forward to find the net at a World Cup, way back in 2002. And during his 17-year career for U.S., MLS and English Premier League teams, he connected more than 150 times for clubs and country.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.