He went to Germany after college before being lured back when MLS started in 1996. He went on loans to PNE and Everton before making his full time move to Fulham. I don't see why a player. Ouldnt followthat path today and more realistically, the player could skip college and would only return if he didnt succeed. I wager to guess that McBride would have been much further along at 24 had he gone at 18, instead of 22. The key point about McBride is that he continually pushed himself to be his best and took the logical opportunities that presented themselves to him at that time. In 1994, McBride left the United States to ply his trade in Germany. At the time, VfL Wolfsburg played in the German Second Division and provided several aspiring American players an opportunity to play soccer in Europe. These included Chad Deering, Claudio Reyna and Mike Lapper, as well as McBride. McBride struggled to find playing time with the club and also had difficulty scoring. However, one of his two goals came in a 2–1 victory over Bayern Munich's reserve team in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals – Wolfsburg would go on to reach the final, although McBride did not feature. At the end of the season, McBride gained a release from Wolfsburg and when MLS was created, chose to return to play in the United States.