Now that Brian McBride is set to join the Chicago Fire after the Olympics in mid to late August, one question begs to be answered. Does McBride make the Fire the MLS Cup favorites?
Yes, New England has been the class of the league for most of the season, but Chicago was dominant the first two months of the year before offensive struggles, and issues with forwards being able to finish, helped lead to a winless month of June. Now Chicago will add McBride to an attack that features Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp.
McBride is a proven goal scorer and a leader, someone who can energize a team and help bring the best out of it. We all saw him inspire Fulham to a successful race to avoid relegation last season and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to inspire the Fire come playoff time.
So there’s the question. Does McBride make Chicago the favorites? Does Chicago still have other issues that will keep the club from adding an MLS Cup title exactly a decade after adding one in its inaugural season? Is New England, which has posted the league’s best record essentially without Taylor Twellman, still the favorite?
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