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Lovely Chicago Tribune interview with former Fulham striker and all-round good guy Brian McBride, who has just launched his own football academy.

Among the interesting snippets are the fact that he has the highest regard for his first coach at Fulham, Chris Coleman:

A great communicator. He understood there was a time to have a laugh and a time to get serious.

What shines through in this short – and largely, non-football related – piece is the two qualities that really endeared McBride to the Craven Cottage faithful: optimism and determination. What I wouldn’t give to still see him pull on the black and white shirt.