After aggressively challenging New England keeper Matt Reis for a ball in the 52nd minute of Saturday night's decisive Game 2 victory over the Revolution, Fire forward Brian McBride had to be taken off of the field due to injury.
McBride, who missed 8 weeks earlier this year with a torn right labrum, picked up a knock on his [IT band](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliotibial_tract) in the collision, stiffening his leg to the point that he wasn't able to effectively run.
"It was just a collision," said McBride of the injury. "I took a knee to my IT band and my back and I couldn't get my leg loose to bend meaning I couldn't fully run."
The Fire is optimistic that McBride will be able to return to the field in time for Saturday's Eastern Conference Final against Real Salt Lake. "It should be fine by the weekend," McBride said. "It's just a matter of me being aggressive with it and getting the fluid out of there."
McBride's injury paved the way for forward Patrick Nyarko to come on the field -- a move that completely changed the outlook of the game.
"When McBride went down and we brought Patrick on we changed a little bit," said Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett. "We became a real fast team up front and we could really stretch them."
The speed that Nyarko brought to the attack ended up paying enormous dividends for the Fire -- as Nyarko chased down and stripped Revolution defender Emmanuel Osei of the ball before setting up Cuauhtemoc Blanco for the series winning goal.
"To his credit [Nyarko] chased down a ball that he probably had no business getting. He made a play out of that and obviously Temo did well and finished it," Hamlett said.
So -- back to the point of the post -- it looks like McBride will be just fine for Saturday's game against RSL. I'll keep updating the situation as the week goes on though so look for more info on McBride's status as we get closer and closer to the weekend.