Czech-Mate

American striker Brian McBride took the opportunity this week to fire a warning shot across the bow of 2006 World Cup opponents the Czech Republic. In the Boxing Day fixture vs. Chelsea, McBride pounced on a sloppy fumble by Czech national team keeper Petr Cech to score Fulham's first goal and then was brought down in the area for a penalty which lead to Fulham's second. Two days later when facing off against the Czech Republic's premier striker Milan Baros, McBride scored twice while Baros did not find the back of the net. Brian's brace takes him to 7th in the race for the EPL scoring lead...Van Nistlerooy, Lampard, Rooney, Henry, etc. is pretty heady company. In other Yanks Abroad news, Eddie Lewis scored the game winner as Leeds bested Stoke away 0-1 and moved into 3rd in the Championship (the first promotion playoff position).