BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, April 2, 2010
Houston Dynamo and US National Team forward Brian Ching was subbed out in the first half of the Dynamo's game against Real Salt Lake tonight after suffering a left leg injury.

The Hawaiian-born striker limped off the field and the injury at first appeared to be serious. After the game the injury was diagnosed as a strained left hamstring. The team hopes to have a better idea on Friday of how long Ching will be out.

Ching, if healthy, is widely expected to make the US World Cup roster this summer. In his most recent appearance for the US back in February, Ching entered the game at the half and scored the equalizer and assisted on Sasha Kljestan's injury time winner.

Ching's injury comes at a time when many US players have been working their way back from injury. In recent weeks Clint Dempsey and Benny Feilhaber have returned to action after injuries. Other injured players such as Stuart Holden and Charlie Davies are reporting positive progress in their recovery efforts.

Ching has been capped 44 times by the USMNT and has scored a total of 11 international goals.
Tuesday April 6, 2010 12:45 pm
Don't get me wrong Felix... if I had the choice to bring in another player other than Ching/Casey I certainly would. Bradley just has such a narrow view of who he thinks is the best option at forward for the U.S. it's almost humiliating.

He's just not the type of manager that looks "outside the box" when it comes to personnel. MLS players at this stage still can't compete at the international level sans Donovan and one or two others. I just don't understand why Bradley uses such a small pool of talent.
Tuesday April 6, 2010 10:30 am
I'd still rather bring Ching than Casey, Ching has a better work rate and has good chemistry with Altidore and Donovan.

I'm not saying I would start him, but you need to have players who bring something different to the table.

Outside of that one game in Honduras, Casey has not done well with the full national team and I would be reluctant to bring him knowing that.
Ed C.
Tuesday April 6, 2010 8:17 am
agree Brent G, Ching is useless and how or why he even gets a call-up is totally beyond me. Still, what do you expect out of Bradley though. Hopefully after we get the crap kicked out of us in the WC, US Soccer will bring in another, decent coach. Hell, many of the Euro teams have foreign coaches so why do we have to go with an American one? there are no good American coaches to take on the job of national team coach!
Sunday April 4, 2010 3:46 pm
Please bring on Hercules Gomez. If Bradley brings him in he might end up with another solid option at forward (like Davies last summer). HErcules has proven that when playing his natural position he can be a reliable goal scorer (18 w/ Galaxy in MLS) 8 and counting (as a supersub no less) with Puebla in a much tougher league. Come- on Bob bring him in- you don't have any other options that are better at the moment (Findley blew his chance, Casey hasn't cut it either, Ching is ineffectual slow and injured) who else ya got?
Sunday April 4, 2010 3:17 pm
I'd rather have Conor Casey then Ching... Ching should be nowhere near the pitch in SA.
Ivan Drago
Friday April 2, 2010 4:08 pm
A dinged Ching is as good as a super Cooper. Though neither are as a good as a maybe Davies.

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