Brian McBride, whose scoring touch and tenacity earned him fans on both sides of the Atlantic and helped open doors for other US players in England, had a goal waved off in the second half yesterday, and the Chicago Fire settled for a scoreless draw with D.C. United in McBride’s final home game.
The 38-year-old McBride, who is retiring at the end of the season, left the field to a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 89th minute.
With both teams eliminated from playoff contention, the attention centered on McBride, one of the best forwards the US has ever produced. He ranks third on the US national team’s scoring list, still shares the Columbus Crew record for goals, and was so beloved at Fulham that the English Premier League team named a Craven Cottage bar after him.
Real Salt Lake 2, FC Dallas 0 — Ned Grabavoy and Javier Morales scored to lift host Real Salt Lake to a win, snapping FC Dallas’s overall unbeaten streak at 19 games.
Dynamo 1, Earthquakes 0 — Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric recorded a shutout in his MLS debut to beat host San Jose.
Rapids 3, Galaxy 1 — Conor Casey and Omar Cummings each had a goal and an assist to rally visiting Colorado.
Crew 2, Toronto FC 2 — Will Hesmer scored in the 90th minute as visiting Columbus forced a draw with Toronto FC.
Union 2, Red Bulls 1 — Fred and Michael Orozco scored in the first half to lift host Philadelphia.