Former Fulham favourite Brian McBride still does not know which MLS club he will be playing for. Chicago Fire and Toronto FC are fighting over the striker.

They are separated only by three points in the Eastern Conference standings. The Fire is third with 24 points and Toronto is fifth with 21 points.

Both teams could be battling for playoff positioning or even a playoff spot toward the end of the year, which is why Denis Hamlett feels Toronto might be hesitant to give the Fire the allocation it needs to acquire Brian McBride.

“We’re neck and neck,” Hamlett said. “If you’re going to trade a guy, you want to trade him out of conference — that’s what makes the most sense.

“We can’t control that.”

Frank Klopas said the Fire has not given up on trade talks. He rolled his eyes when asked about a report that the Fire isn’t that interested in McBride.

According to Ives Galarcep of, the league is considering stepping in if a deal cannot be reached between the Fire and Toronto.

“The league, at some point, has to determine whether we get involved,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.