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|Full name||Brian Ching|
|Date of birth||May 24, 1978|
|Place of birth||Hale'iwa, Hawaii, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Houston Dynamo|
|2001||Los Angeles Galaxy||8||(1)|
|2001||→ Seattle Sounders (loan)||6||(3)|
|2003–2005||San Jose Earthquakes||56||(25)|
|2013–||Houston Dynamo (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 22, 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Brian Ching (born May 24, 1978) is an American professional soccer forward who is currently a player-coach with Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. His grandfather comes from Guangdong, China. His last name Ching in Chinese is 程.
Youth and college 
Ching attended Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, and played college soccer at Gonzaga University, where he scored 34 goals and had 23 assists. In 1998 and 1999, he played for the Spokane Shadow of the USL Premier Development League where he was rookie of the year in 1998.
Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders 
In 2001, Ching was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 16th pick in the MLS SuperDraft, the first native Hawaiian to be drafted by MLS. That year for the Galaxy, he appeared in 8 games and scored one goal. In 2002, Ching was released by the Galaxy and signed by the Seattle Sounders of the A-League, where he had played several games with in 2001 on loan from Los Angeles. While with the Sounders, he finished second in the A-League in scoring and was selected as a member of the A-League All-League team.
San Jose Earthquakes 
In February 2003, Ching 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, Ching 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. Ching was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year and to the league MLS Best XI for his efforts.
Houston Dynamo 
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 April 2 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 be the 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 CONCACAF 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.
Ching has his own sports segment on a Houston TV station, "Kickin' It with Brian Ching, on which he offers up advice on everything from becoming a professional soccer player to why you should befriend the StairMaster."
Montreal Impact and return to Houston Dynamo 
Ching was left exposed by Houston in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft and was selected by expansion side Montreal Impact. However, Ching was traded back to Houston for a conditional draft pick in the 2013 MLS Superdraft on February 16, 2012, after training with the Montreal Impact for about a month, coincidentally playing a pre-season game against the Houston Dynamo.
Ching earned his first cap with the US national team on May 26, 2003 against Wales. He is the first Hawaiian 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 Kingston 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 Tobago on June 9, 2007. He drew a penalty in the box of the second half of the Gold Cup Final against Mexico. Landon Donovan converted the penalty, tying the game at one. The USA won 2–1 after Benny Feilhaber's game winner.
Career statistics 
Club career statistics 
- As of August 23, 2012
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|United States||League||U.S. Open Cup||League playoffs||North America||Total|
|Los Angeles Galaxy||MLS||2001||8||1||0||0||0||0||—||8||1|
|San Jose Earthquakes||MLS||2003||15||6||1||0||0||0||2||1||18||7|
|Career totals||United States||250||101||7||2||23||8||43||9||323||119|
International goals 
United States 
Los Angeles Galaxy 
Seattle Sounders 
San Jose Earthquakes 
- Major League Soccer MLS Cup (1): 2003
- Major League Soccer Supporters Shield (1): 2005
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (1): 2003
Houston Dynamo 
- Major League Soccer MLS Cup (2): 2006, 2007
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (2): 2006, 2007
- Major League Soccer Eastern Conference Championship (2): 2011, 2012
- MLS Golden Boot Winner: 2004
See also 
- "Kick Started". Outside Online May 2010 Issue. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- Phillips, Randy (November 29, 2011). "Montreal Impact wants to build team the right way for MLS debut". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- Phillips, Randy (February 16, 2012). "Impact sends Brian Ching to Houston for pick in 2013 draft". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 16, 2012.