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Brian Ching (Chinese: 程拜仁) (born May 24, 1978 in Hale'iwa, Hawai'imarker) is an Americanmarker soccer player who currently plays for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer, and for the United States national team.

Career

Youth and College

Ching attended Kamehameha Schoolsmarker in Honolulumarker, and played college soccer at Gonzaga Universitymarker, where he scored 34 goals and had 23 assists. Between 1998 and 1999, he played for the Spokane Shadow of the USL Premier Development League where he was rookie of the year in 1998.

Professional

In 2001, Ching was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 16th pick in the MLS SuperDraft, the first ever Hawaiian native to be drafted by MLS. That year for the Galaxy, he appeared in 8 games and scored one goal. In 2002, Brian was released by the Galaxy and signed by the Seattle Sounders of the A-League for whom he had played several games with in 2001, on loan from Los Angeles. Playing for the Sounders, he was ranked second in the A-League in scoring and was selected as a member of the A-League All-League team.

In February 2003, Brian was acquired by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2003 MLS Supplemental Draft. When Dwayne DeRosario suffered a devastating knee injury in the 2003 pre-season, Brian was thrust into the starting forward role. Ching played solidly until August 2003 when he ruptured his right Achilles' tendon causing him to miss the rest of the Earthquake's 2003 Championship season. In 2004, he re-gained a starting job and co-led the league (with Eddie Johnson) in goals with 12. Brian was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year and to the league MLS Best XI for his efforts. In four years in MLS, Ching has scored 26 goals and added 12 assists in league play.

Along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, Ching moved to Houston for the 2006 season. He scored four goals in Houston's first-ever game 2 April against Colorado, the seventh player in MLS history to score four goals in a single game. At MLS Cup 2006, Ching scored the tying goal in the 114th minute and scored what turned out to the be winning goal in the penalty kick shootout against New England Revolution. He was also named the Cup most valuable player. Ching's impressive September 30, 2006 bicycle kick versus DC United was voted MLS Goal of the year.

In July 2009, Ching was fined $500 by MLS for his comments regarding the officiating of the Dynamo's 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders (a game Ching did not play in due to participation in the 2009 Gold Cup). On his Twitter page, Ching referred to the referee as "a joke" and "a cheat" for his calling a Fredy Montero shot cleared off the line a goal.

International

Ching earned his first cap with the US national team on May 26, 2003 against Wales. He is the first Hawaiianmarker and the second Chinese-American (after Mark Chung) to play for the national team. Ching scored his first international goal, an equalizer in the 89th minute against Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier in Kingstonmarker on August 18, 2004.

On May 2, 2006, Ching was named to the U.S. men's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, but did not make an appearance in the tournament.

He scored a goal in a 2-0 US CONCACAF Gold Cup victory over Trinidad and Tobagomarker on June 9, 2007. He drew a penalty in the box of the second half of the Gold Cup Final against Mexicomarker. Landon Donovan converted the penalty, tying the game at one. The USA won 2-1 after Benny Feilhaber's game winner.

Ching was called in to the USA side to face Barbadosmarker in the first round of CONCACAF World cup Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. He then scored two goals in the US team's largest victory ever, 8-0.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. August 18, 2004 Independence Parkmarker, Kingstonmarker, Jamaicamarker
1 – 1
1 – 1
Q 2006 World Cup
02. October 9, 2004 Gillette Stadiummarker, Foxboroughmarker, USAmarker
1 – 0
2 – 0
Q 2006 World Cup
03. February 19, 2006 Pizza Hut Parkmarker, Friscomarker, USAmarker
2 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly
04. May 26, 2006 Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Clevelandmarker, USAmarker
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
05. June 9, 2007 Home Depot Centermarker, Carsonmarker, USAmarker
2 – 0
2 – 0
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
06. June 15, 2008 Home Depot Centermarker, Carsonmarker, USAmarker
3 – 0
8 – 0
Q 2010 World Cup
07. June 15, 2008 Home Depot Centermarker, Carsonmarker, USAmarker
8 – 0
8 – 0
Q 2010 World Cup
08. September 10, 2008 Toyota Parkmarker, Bridgeviewmarker, USAmarker
2 – 0
3 – 0
Q 2010 World Cup
09. June 21, 2008 RFK Stadiummarker, Washington, D.C.marker, USAmarker
4 – 1
6 – 1
Q 2010 World Cup
10. July 8, 2009 RFK Stadiummarker, Washington, D.C.marker, USAmarker
2 – 0
2 – 0
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup


Personal

Aside from soccer, Ching is also an avid surfer, and lists Superman as his favorite superhero. Ching also likes to read and play golf.

Honors

United States



Houston Dynamo



Los Angeles Galaxy



San Jose Earthquakes



Individual



Career stats

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic Domestic Cup Playoffs Continental Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Houston Dynamo 2009 18 8 6 1 24 9
2008 25 13 0 0 2 0 9 1 36 14
2007 20 7 0 0 3 2 7 3 30 12
2006 21 11 1 0 4 3 26 14
Total 84 39 1 0 9 5 22 5 116 49
San Jose Earthquakes 2005 16 7 0 0 2 1 18 8
2004 25 12 3 1 2 0 2 0 32 13
2003 15 6 1 0 0 0 2 1 18 7
Total 56 25 4 1 4 1 4 1 68 28
Seattle Sounders

(A-League)
2002 25 16 2 1 2 0 29 17
2001 6 3 6 3
Total 31 19 2 1 2 0 35 20
Los Angeles Galaxy 2001 8 1 0 0 2 0 10 1
Total 8 1 0 0 2 0 10 1
Career Totals 179 84 7 2 17 6 26 6 229 98


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