The first time Brian Ching came up to Sports Talk 790 to do a live interview with me back in 2006 I looked at him and said, “score goals here and you can be a star in this town.” I knew that Ching could transcend just soccer and being a bigger sports personality growing closer to those on the Texans, Rockets, and Astros. I like many tire of the soccer comparisons to other sports yet it is one form of measurement.
Still the market was ripe and hungering for the sport to return professionally and Brian fit the mold in alot of ways, goal-scorers can grab attention. Producing four goals against Colorado on the return of professional soccer made a statement and the rest is history. You will hard pressed after Landon Donovan to find many players in MLS history who have scored as many goals of importance, that lived up to the moment like Brian Ching did throughout his career.
I also reminded on Sports Talk 790 after being chosen in the expansion draft by Montreal that all roads for Brian Ching would ultimately lead back to Houston and I believe this deal will get done and you will see him run out at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12th. He wants to be in Houston and I like you want this man to be honored and go out on his terms as a professional athlete.
When the Montreal Impact let Ching go on leave for personal reasons it just proved their patience had worn. They were out-waited by the Dynamo, knew they had a player that did not desire to be in Montreal and quite frankly was not brought there to be a PLAYER, he was brought there as a bargaining chip to get Dynamo Canadien defender Andre Hainault. All’s fair in love and war I suppose and this is the reality of professional sports?
One day you are one of the league’s all time great players the next day you are an accessory to a trade. The move to draft Ching was within the rules and has backfired on the Impact who were stuck with a $450,000 salary cap albatross while trying to build their team. And yes they are in Europe looking for a designated player.
When building an expansion team with a $2.7 million salary cap, $450,000 is a big hit.
When Ching returns it will be an instant public relations boom to go with moving into a new stadium.
Ching will join a bevy of strikers including Calen Carr, Will Bruin, Cam Weaver, draftee Colin Rolfe, and new signee Mac Kandji.
The question will remain around the Dynamo as to who will be this team’s goal-scorer?
SET UP TO TIME RIGHT
The Dynamo could clearly go into the season with their current crop of players. All of the starters from the Eastern Conference final sans Danny Cruz and currently Brian Ching remain. With guaranteed contracts in MLS coaches and organizations must make player decisions that more often than not are successful. The Dynamo outside of draft choices have picked up midfielder Nathan Sturgis and striker Mac Kandji .
The club will get pressure from fans for a higher profile signing but the return of Brian Ching could appease that if it happens.
MLS still remains a playoff oriented league that organically because of that structure does not reward an overall consistent body of work. This also causes difficulty for front offices that are trying to make a go of it business wise.
You can’t blame teams if they look at the season in a way to time things right much like the Dynamo did dramatically last year. Still an entertaining product must be on display in order for MLS clubs to reach out to the soccer fan.
You heard Dominic Kinnar last night on Sports Talk 790 say he is still looking for players and to improve his club. That could come now or it could come in the summer transfer window or via a trade within MLS.
Thoughts on the Dynamo heading into the 2012 MLS season?
If you wanted a cinderella story you got one with Zambia winning the African Nations Cup against heavily favored Ivory Coast and Didier Drogba.
The win on penalty kicks was dramatic and emotional.
Back in 1993 eighteen Zambian players and seven administrators where killed in a plane crash of the coast of Gabon the site of this year’s African Nations Cup.
Zambia was a long shot and become the 14th African Nation to win the ANC. The Ivory Coast lost this tournament without conceding a goal.
All hail the “Cooper Bullets”!
Former Dynamo Luis Landin scord for Puebla in a 2-0 victory over UNAM Pumas. Landin picked up his goal in the 5th minute and Puebla added another in the 67th from Luis Garcia.
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