Player Details


Brian Ching


6' 1"


194 lbs

Date of Birth

5.24.1978 (45)


Haleiwa, HI USA


Career Summary


&bull; Most goals in Dynamo history (69 in all competitions/56 in regular season)<br>

&bull; 2003, 2006, 2007 MLS Cup champion<br>

&bull; 2006 MLS Cup MVP<br>

&bull; 2004 MLS Golden Boot winner<br>

&bull; Tied-11th on MLS all-time goals chart (82 through 2012)<br>

&bull; 2004 MLS Comeback Player of the Year<br>

&bull;&nbsp;Six-time MLS All-Star<br>

&bull;&nbsp;2007 Gold Cup champion<br>

&bull;&nbsp;U.S. international (45 caps)<br>


OUTLOOK: An original Dynamo player and the team's all-time leading scorer. Veteran leader on and off the field. Retired at end of 2013 season and will be honored with Brian Ching Testimonial Match on December 13, 2013 at BBVA Compass Stadium. 


2013 MLS: Made 14 regular season appearances in final professional season ... Earned his 30th assist with Dynamo in 4-0 win at DC United on 5/8, passing Brian Mullan for second on franchise list … Playoffs: Did not appear ... 13-14 Champions League: Stared 0-0 draw at W Connection on 8/20 ... 12-13 Champions League: Substitute for final 20 minutes in 1-0 first leg win over Santos Laguna on 3/5 … Substitute for final 23 minutes in 3-0 second leg loss at Santos Laguna on 3/13 … U.S. Open Cup: Played final 28 minutes in 3-0 U.S. Open Cup loss at FC Dallas on 6/12 … Started and played 72 minutes in 2-0 Open Cup win over FC Tucson on 5/29.

2012 MLS: Set career-high with 30 games in regular season ... Tied career-high with five assists ... Assisted on Boniek Garcia's game-winning goal on 10/20 vs. Philadelphia ... Assisted on Ricardo Clark's game-winning goal vs. New England on 9/29 ... Scored fifth goal of season at Chicago on 9/2 ... Goal in the 86th minute at Toronto on 7/28, fourth of the year ... Converted a penalty in the 89th minute vs. D.C. on 7/15, third goal of the year ... Drew and converted a penalty in the 83rd minute on 6/30 vs. Philadelphia, second goal of the year, first at BBVA Compass Stadium ... Goal vs. Philadelphia on 6/30 was his 20th career game-winning goal ... Assisted Will Bruin's goal on 6/23 at Montreal, third assist of the year ... Started and played 77 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Dallas on 6/16 ... Made 200th MLS appearance (136th with Dynamo, tied for 3rd all-time) in 3-1 loss to Vancouver on 6/10 ... Shot off the crossbar in the 38th minute resulted in a Galaxy own goal in 2-1 win against LA on 5/26 ... Chipped pass assisted Luiz Camargo's 87th minute equalizer at New England on 5/19, 30th MLS assist of his career... Start vs. DC United on 5/12 was his 175th appearance as a Dynamo in all competitions ... Made his 150th Dynamo start in all competitions against DC United on 4/28, 4th Dynamo to reach this milestone ... Scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute of 2-2 draw at Coumbus on  4/21 ... Assisted Will Bruin's 24th minute goal in 1-1 draw at Chicago on 4/15 ... Start at Seattle on 3/23 was 171st Dynamo appearance in all competitions, passing Pat Onstad for 4th on franchise list ... Drew penalty in 13th minute at San Jose when he collided with Jon Busch, leading to Davis goal in win on 3/17 ... Started opening day on 3/11 at Chivas USA for the sixth time in seven years with Houston and nearly scored fantastic goal when first-touch volley off a long cross from Brad Davis hit inside of post and carromed away for near goal ... Playoffs: Appeared as substiute in four playoff games ... 12-13 Champions League: Started three of four games, scored the first goal in Houston's 3-1 win at C.D. FAS on 8/22 ... Open Cup: Did not feature ... Reserves: Started and played 63 minutes in 2-1 win over Chicago Fire Reserves on 10/13 to help Dynamo capture Reserve League division championship. 

2011 MLS: Was limited to 1,242 minutes in 20 appearances due to injury, the lowest minute total of his Houston career, but still tied for team lead with five goals ... Has missed time with injuries to hamstring, ribs, foot, and adductor ... Made first appearance of the season as sub at SEA on 3/25 ... Made first start at NY on 4/2 but left game in first half after two collisions with goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul ... Returned from rib separation as sub vs. DC on 4/29 but suffered foot injury vs. COL on 5/4 ...  Did not play again until sub appearance vs. CHV on 6/11 ... Made second start on 6/25 at DC and inspired club to come-from-behind 2-2 tie by drawing a penalty kick and scoring dramatic game-tying goal with header in 89th minute ... Notched first assist of season with difficult through ball to Danny Cruz for opening goal in 2-0 win vs. TFC on 7/9 ... Ejected in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16 ... Returned to key 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30, contributing to Colin Clark's first goal and notching two of his own, scoring on a header and a back-post one-timer to reach 75 goals in his MLS career ... Scored eventual game-winning goal in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14, curling in a right-footed shot inside the penalty area ... Tied game at 1-1 with one-time finish in dramatic 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20, his fourth goal in five games ... Playoffs: Started all four matches, scoring a goal and adding an assist, to help lead the Dynamo back to the MLS Cup final ... Started and set up game-winning goal with left-footed through ball in 2-1 win at PHI on 10/30 ... Scored game-winning goal with header from free kick in 1-0 win vs. PHI on 11/3, in the process scoring the final MLS goal at Robertson Stadium ... Started Eastern Conference championship match and closed night by hoisting trophy as team captain after 2-0 win at KC on 11/6 ... Made second career start in an MLS Cup final at LA on 11/20 ... Open Cup: Did not appear.

2010 MLS: Shrugged off injuries and national team disappointment to score seven goals and add three assists in 20 games, making 16 starts ... MLS All-Star ... Team winner of the Budweiser Golden Boot for fourth straight year ... Dynamo's Humanitarian of the Year winner and finalist for league-wide MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year ... August 21 bicycle kick against Chicago was named MLS Goal of the Year and Dynamo Goal of the Year ... Took over as team captain after retirement of Wade Barrett ... Did not see significant action until May due to injury and national team duty ... Returned from disappointment of missing World Cup squad to score three goals in next five games ... Came on as halftime substitute and scored tying goal with powerful header in 3-2 loss vs. PHI on 5/29 ... Scored game-tying goal from Bobby Boswell assist in 2-1 loss at NY on 6/2 ... Scored again with header from Danny Cruz corner kick in 1-1 tie at TFC on 7/1 ... Also notched assist on Joseph Ngwenya's game-tying goal in 2-2 tie vs. COL on 6/26 ... Named as a Commissioner's Pick to the MLS All-Star team for 2010 MLS All-Star Game in Houston ... Came on as second-half substitute and scored with header to cut deficit to 2-1 in MLS All-Star Game vs. Manchester United on 7/28 ... Held ball to start play that led to Brian Mullan's last-minute equalizer in 2-2 tie vs. NY on 7/31 ... Netted hat trick in 4-3 win vs. CHI on 8/21, including spectacular bicycle kick to give Houston 3-1 lead and dramatic header in 85th minute for the game-winning goal ... Named MLS Player of the Week for his performance, which was the second hat trick of his career and the fourth in team history ... Netted opening goal with header from free kick in 2-1 loss vs. TFC on 9/18 ... Played 90 minutes and set up clinching goal with through ball in 3-1 win at DC on 9/25 ... Played all 90 minutes but suffered a knee injury in 1-1 tie at PHI on 10/2 ... Played only 18 minutes in remaining three games due to injury ... Open Cup: Did not appear ... SuperLiga: Appeared in three of four games ... Played all 90 minutes and dominated aerial battles in 2-1 win vs. Pachuca on 7/15 ... Came on as substitute in 1-0 win vs. Puebla on 7/21 and in 1-0 semifinal loss vs. Morelia on 8/5.

2009 MLS: Dynamo's Budweiser Golden Boot winner for third straight year with eight goals, adding three assists … MLS All-Star … Scored Houston's first MLS goal of the season on 3/21 vs. CLB, giving him 14 goals in his last 20 MLS regular season games … Scored game's only goal with Goal of the Week header in 1-0 win vs. COL on 4/19 …. Scored clinching goal with header from corner kick in 2-0 win at NE on 5/3 … Netted opening goal with header from free kick in 3-1 win vs. SJ on 5/23 … Returned from injury as halftime substitute and inspired tying goal on 6/20 vs. RSL in the 89th minute, starting the play from midfield and heading in dramatic equalizer in 1-1 tie … Named to MLS All-Star Game but withdrew due to fatigue … Scored two goals in 4-3 win vs. DC on 8/1, giving him seven goals in 11 games … Became seventh Dynamo player to make 100th start for the club in all competitions and assisted on Cam Weaver's game-tying goal in 80th minute of 2-1 loss at CLB on 9/13 … Scored opening goal from Brad Davis free kick in 3-2 win vs. RSL on 9/19 … Ejected in 82nd minute for hard foul, the first red card in 162 games of his MLS career, including playoffs … Ejected in again in next MLS game, a 0-0 tie vs. LA on 10/18, for raising hand to face of an opponent … Playoffs: Netted spectacular game-winning goal in 95th minute of 1-0 OT win vs. SEA on 11/8, swiveling to volley a shot into the left side netting for his 50th Dynamo goal in all competitions … 08-09 Champions League: Played all 90 minutes of both legs of quarterfinal series vs. Atlante … Open Cup: Did not appear while on Gold Cup duty with U.S. national team … 09-10 Champions League: Appeared in five games, making three starts … Came on as a substitute and scored game's only goal in 1-0 win vs. Isidro Metapán on 9/19 … Assisted on Geoff Cameron's goal in 3-2 loss at Isidro Metapán on 10/21.

2008 MLS: Established team and personal records with 13 goals in the regular season and added five assists while appearing in 25 games … Winner of the Dynamo's Golden Boot award and the team's MVP award … Ranked fifth in the league in goals … The 13 goals came in an 18-game stretch between 5/10 and 10/18 … Helped force an own goal and assisted on game-tying goal on 4/6 vs. FCD … Broke 10-game overall scoreless drought with 45th career MLS goal vs. COL on 5/10 … Assisted on Corey Ashe's goal at Dallas on 5/28 and set up tying goal when his header hit crossbar in stoppage time … Scored third goal in five games in 1-0 win vs. NY on 5/31, sliding to tap in a Geoff Cameron cross … Scored twice against Toronto on 6/8 … Scored early header vs. FCD on 6/26, the 50th goal of his MLS career … Scored seventh goal of season with late header to seal 2-0 win at DC on 7/23 … Scored eighth goal of the season in 2-0 win vs. CLB on 8/2 … Scored with a left-footed blast vs. RSL on 8/16 and also assisted on Nate Jaqua's goal … Scored emotional game-tying goal in second half at SJ on 9/13 and celebrated by pointing to the Dynamo crest in front of San Jose fans … Scored two goals and added an assist in 3-1 win at COL on 10/4 to earn MLS Player of the Week honors … Scored vs. LA on 10/18 to set personal best with 13 goals … Playoffs: Started both legs of playoff series vs. NY … Champions' Cup: Helped set up two of Houston's three goals in quarterfinal second leg vs. Municipal on 3/19 … SuperLiga: Appeared in three games, starting the semifinal vs. Pachuca on 7/29 and the championship game at NE on 8/5 … Champions League: Appeared as a substitute at San Francisco on 9/23 and made only start vs. Firpo on 11/26, scoring game's only goal to help Dynamo reach quarterfinals.

2007 MLS: Tied for the team lead with seven goals despite missing 10 games entirely due to injuries and national-team call-ups … MLS All-Star … Added two playoff and three international goals but sat out the MLS Cup final after straining his calf in the Western Conference final … Scored the Dynamo's first goal of the season in the 65th minute of the 1-0 win vs. CHV on 4/14, heading in a Brad Davis free kick … Scored Houston's second goal of the season from another Davis assist in a 3-1 win at COL on 5/5, tying the game … After missing four games with the U.S. national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Ching scored two goals in his first three games back with the Dynamo, scoring in wins vs. NY on 7/5 and vs. DC on 7/8 … Came on as a substitute to play the final 25 minutes of the MLS All-Stars' 2-0 win over Scottish power Celtic FC in the MLS All-Star Game in Colorado on 7/19 … Scored twice in a 3-3 tie at NE on 7/22 … Scored with a diving header vs. FCD on 8/19 in a 1-0 Dynamo win … Assisted on goals at LA on 9/16 and at FCD on 9/30 … Missed five of the team's final eight regular-season games due to injury … Playoffs: Played in three games and scored two goals before being injured … Led Houston's comeback from a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal vs. FCD on 11/2, setting up Stuart Holden's goal in the 67th minute and then scoring himself from a Dwayne De Rosario through ball in the 72nd minute to tie the series … In extra time, scored from close range in the 97th minute to give Houston the lead for good … Strained calf in the second half of Western Conference final vs. KC 11/10 and missed MLS Cup … Champions' Cup: Made first appearance of the season as a substitute in the quarterfinal second leg vs. Puntarenas on 3/1 … Set up series-winning goal when his header hit the post and Kelly Gray scored on the rebound … Scored opening goal in the semifinal first leg vs. Pachuca on 3/15, heading in a Craig Waibel cross … In semifinal second leg at Pachuca on 4/5, set up the first Houston goal by keeping the ball in on the sideline, leading to Brian Mullan's goal … later scored in the 79th minute to give Houston a 4-3 aggregate lead before Pachuca rallied to win in extra time … SuperLiga: Played in all three group stage matches … Set up goal just 11 seconds into match vs. Morelia on 7/29, passing to Joseph Ngwenya for the fastest goal in Dynamo history … Scored only goal in 1-0 win vs. DC on 8/1 with a fierce volley … hit the post with the fourth penalty kick in the Dynamo's semifinal shootout loss vs. Pachuca on 8/14.

2006 MLS: Scored four goals in the season opener vs. COL on 4/2 to become seventh player in MLS history to score four goals in a single game … Scored only goal of game for 1-0 win at COL on 4/29 … Found out he had been selected to U.S. World Cup team on 5/2 and celebrated with a game-deciding goal on 5/6 vs. FCD … Missed six games for World Cup … Impressive bicycle kick on 9/30 vs. DC was voted Goal of the Year, and the resulting 1-0 win secured a playoff spot … Playoffs: Scored the series-winning goal with a header in stoppage time of the 2-0 win vs. CHV in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals … Was named MVP of the 2006 MLS Cup after scoring the tying goal in the 114th minute, less than one minute after New England had taken a 1-0 lead, and scoring the winning penalty kick in shootout … Open Cup: Entered as a substitute in 3-1 semifinal loss at LA on 9/6.

2005 MLS: Scored seven goals in 16 games for San Jose … Tallied career-high five assists … Registered goal or assist in five straight games before missing 15 matches with hamstring injury … Ended regular season having recorded goal or assist in six straight games … Scored goal on 4/2 vs. NE … Netted second goal of year on 4/9 vs. CHV and received yellow card … Notched an assist on 4/16 at CHI and received a yellow card … Scored a goal and registered an assist 4/23 vs. KC, marking fourth straight game with at least a goal or assist … Scored goal 4/30 at RSL, fifth straight game with goal or assist … Left game on 5/14 vs. FCD in the 40th minute with a hamstring injury … Made return to field, entering as a substitute in 82nd minute on 6/18 vs. RSL … Entered as a sub in 66th minute on 6/25 vs. LA … Missed next several games due to torn right hamstring … Made return from injury on 9/3 at FCD, entering as a sub in the 75th minute … Entered as substitute in 71st minute on 9/10 vs. CHV, scored first goal since 4/30 in 87th minute … Notched assist on 9/17 at CHV … Started and played 76 minutes 9/21 vs. CHI, registered assist … Started and played 90 minutes 9/24 vs. FCD, scored game-tying goal in 68th minute … Scored game-winning goal in 60th minute on 10/1 at NE, notching goal or assist in fifth straight game … Registered assist and received yellow card 10/15 at LA … Playoffs: Played 90 minutes 10/23 at LA … Scored goal 10/30 vs. LA … Reserves: Appeared in two reserve matches … Scored goal on 6/19 vs. RSL … Scored goal on 6/26 vs. LA before reinjuring right hamstring and leaving game in 32nd minute.

2004 MLS: Named to MLS Best XI and recognized as MLS Comeback Player of the Year … Named Earthquakes scoring champion and Most Valuable Player … Entered as a sub and played 16 minutes on 4/3 at DC … Scored goal on 4/17 as second-half substitute … Made first start of season on 5/1 vs. DC … Scored goal and notched assist on 5/8 vs. MET … Scored two goals on 7/17 vs. COL and was named Man of the Match, earned MLS Player of the Week honors … Scored a goal and notched an assist in second half stoppage time on 7/24 vs. NE … Playoffs: Played 90 minutes on 10/24 vs. KC and 10/30 at KC … Champions' Cup: Entered as a sub on 3/17 and 3/24 against Alajuelense … Open Cup: Started and played 80 minutes and registered assist on 7/14 at Portland … Scored goal on 8/4 at Minnesota … Suffered a left ankle sprain in seventh minute on 8/24 at KC and was removed from the game.

2003 MLS: Made first Earthquakes start on 4/12 at COL and scored first Earthquakes goal 53 seconds into the game … Scored career-high six goals and registered two assists … Named to the MLS Team of the Week for 4/12 and 5/3 … Missed five games from due to right hamstring strain … Named Earthquakes Player of the Month for May … Returned to starting lineup and scored two goals for the first multi-goal game of MLS career on 7/2 at MET … Notched first assist of year on 7/19 at DC … Left game on 8/16 at NE with ruptured right Achilles tendon, underwent surgery on 8/19 and missed the rest of the season … Champions' Cup: Made official Earthquakes debut on 3/16 at CSD Municipal and played 90 minutes … Made Spartan Stadium debut on 3/26 vs. CSD Municipal and scored first Earthquakes goal in 35th minute … Open Cup: Played 90 minutes at Seattle on 8/5.

2001 MLS: Played eight games for the Galaxy, starting one … Scored one goal and one assist … Playoffs: Made two appearances in the 2001 MLS Cup playoffs.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Played the 2002 season with the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division (formerly A-League) … Member of the 2002 A-League All-League Team … Selected to the A-League Team of the Week four times in 2002 (5/8, 6/17, 7/1, 7/9) … Scored 16 goals and registered eight assists for Seattle in 2002 … Ranked second in the A-League in scoring, fourth in assists and third in shots in 2002.

INTERNATIONAL: United States international (45 caps, 11 goals) … 2010: Narrowly missed making roster for 2010 World Cup ... Appeared as sub in 4-2 loss vs. Czech Republic on 5/25 … Came on in second half and led U.S. to 2-1 victory vs. El Salvador on 2/24 with goal and assist ... 2009: Regular for U.S. national team as it qualified for 2010 FIFA World Cup … Began year by playing full 90 minutes and contributing an acrobatic assist in 3-2 win vs. Sweden on 1/24 … Played full 90 minutes in 2-0 win vs. Mexico on 2/11 and 2-2 tie at El Salvador on 3/28 … Started and set up first U.S. goal in 3-0 win vs. Trinidad & Tobago on 4/1 … Was set to be named to Confederations Cup roster but missed out due to hamstring injury … Recovered to be named to roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup … Scored on 7/8 vs. Honduras and helped U.S. reach Gold Cup final … 2008: Started six games, scoring four times and notching an assist, for the U.S. national team … Started on 3/26 in 3-0 U.S. win at Poland. Scored twice in World Cup qualifying win over Barbados on 6/15 … Started qualifiers at Guatemala and at Cuba and home games vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba … Notched assist at Guatemala and goals vs. Trinidad and Cuba. Came on as sub vs. Guatemala … 2007: Made five appearances, including three starts, and scored once for the U.S. in 2007 … Started in 3-1 win over Ecuador in friendly on 3/25 … Named to U.S. roster for 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup … Started and scored the first U.S. goal against Trinidad & Tobago in the group stages of the Gold Cup on 6/9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … Came on as a sub against El Salvador on 6/14 … Entered as a late sub in quarterfinal against Panama on 6/16 … Started the Gold Cup championship game against Mexico on 6/24 at Soldier Field in Chicago … Drew penalty kick that was converted by Landon Donovan for a game-tying goal and played all 90 minutes in the United States' 2-1 win … 2006: Named to the U.S. roster for the FIFA World Cup in Germany but did not play … 2005: Appeared in three final round World Cup qualifiers, starting two … Partnered with Eddie Johnson for the USA's 2-0 win against Guatemala on March 30 in Birmingham, Ala. … Played the last two qualifiers, starting in the 3-0 loss at Costa Rica before replacing Taylor Twellman in the 2-0 win against Panama four days later … 2004: Emerged as an important forward for the national team, appearing in four games, including three World Cup qualifiers, and scoring two goals … Made his first appearance in World Cup qualifying on 8/18 at Jamaica, scoring the dramatic game-tying goal in the 89th minute … Scored in the 5th minute two weeks later in his first WCQ start on 9/4 vs. El Salvador … 2003: Made international debut on 5/26 as a substitute in a friendly match against Wales at Spartan Stadium, becoming the first Hawaiian-born player to represent the United States.

COLLEGE: Finished Gonzaga University career with 34 goals, third-most in school history … Holds Gonzaga all-time record with 23 assists … Tied for second on Gonzaga's all-time points list with 91 total points … First Team All-WCC and All-Far West region in 2000 … First Team All-WCC in 1999 … Missed entire 1998 season after surgery to repair injured meniscus in right knee … Second Team All-WCC in 1997 … Scored three goals and six assists in 1996 … Helped Gonzaga win two WCC Championships during his career … Majored in accounting.

YOUTH: Honolulu Bulls

PERSONAL: Pillar of the community and face of the franchise since moving to Houston with club prior to the 2006 season ... Has partnered with Houston Habitat for Humanity to run The House that Ching Built, raising money to build a house for an underprivileged family in the Houston area ... USL Premier Development League Rookie of the Year in 1997 as a member of the Spokane Shadow … Starred at the Kamehameha Schools near Honolulu, Hawaii … First Hawaiian native drafted by MLS team … Started playing soccer at age 7, and his mother was first coach … Played for the Bulls club team and traveled to tournaments on the mainland, where he was noticed by Gonzaga coach … Enjoys surfing, golfing and reading … Lists "Superman" as favorite superhero.