Who can not marvel at the year Brian Ching has had?
Makes the World Cup squad, MLS Cup MVP, Goal of the year, 4 goal performance on opening day plus scoring critical goals during the playoffs.
Let’s not forget his game one goal against Chivas USA that was a textbook cross and finish gave the Dynamo the lifeline they needed for game two despite losing at the HDC 2-1. For me that was the goal of the year because without that goal everything else that occurred may not have happened.
Oh lets not forget his 90th minute game winner against Chivas USA to advance the Dynamo to the Western Conference Finals against Colorado.
In the MLS Cup Final Ching worked relentlessly .
At times his touch was not on like many but it never frustrated him or diminished his effort, he soldiered on never showing signs of frustration. His demeanor and ability to walk away after being kicked by defenders is impressive.
He defended corners marking Taylor Twellman and responded with ‘the miracle header’ countering the Twellman goal that forced penalty kicks that the Dynamo ultimately won.
On that header the delivery from Brian Mullan was deflected which made the degree of difficulty for this Ching header even more impressive. All these performances were delivered on a knee that has been bothersome for Ching. In fact weekly he was getting his knee drained.
Ching stands as a wonderful example to youth players. Humble by nature he lets his playing do the talking on days he doesn’t score goals he still contributes like in the Western Conference Final against Colorado.
He is the first player in MLS from Hawaii, came from little know Gonzaga University, has battled tremendous injury throughout his career, and even went and played in the ‘A’ League after a year in MLS with the LA Galaxy before his return to San Jose.
In year one in Houston Brian Ching has become a bona-fide star.