BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, July 28, 2010
With the preparations underway for the 2010 MLS All-Star game in Houston, Brian Ching will be looking to use the game against Manchester United to put a positive note on a difficult year.
In early May, USMNT head coach Bob Bradley named Brian Ching to the US 30-man preliminary World Cup roster. It was widely expected that the long-time US international would make the World Cup but when the final World Cup roster was named, he was left off in what was one of the most surprising World Cup cuts in US history.
For the 32 year-old forward, it was an extremely difficult experience and he is still struggling to deal with it.
"It's something I'm still disappointed about," Ching recalled to YA "But it's something I have to get past but I think it is something that's going to sting for a long time. It's not something I'm ready to get over right away."
The recent weeks, however, have been positive for former Gonzaga University Bulldog. In the wake of his highly publicized omission from the US team, Ching has received an outpouring of support from fans and it has left him with a deep amount of appreciation.
"It's been uplifting just to know I had that support out there," the Hale'iwa, Hawaii native reflected. "I didn't expect it and didn't even think about it but there are a lot of fans who reached out and shared their well-wishes and support for me and definitely helped me get through probably the toughest soccer moment of my career."
"Just want to say thank you to them," he continued. "And tell them how much I appreciate what they mean to me as far as they support they have for me."
Ching is now looking forward to Wednesday night's highly anticipated game against Manchester United. The game will give him a chance to play against the world power in front of a large crowd in the city in which he plays professionally.
"This year we have a great fantastic opponent and we're [going to] have a huge crowd," Ching said of the game. "It's something that I think I'll always cherish and relish while I'm going through it and hopefully we'll get a good result for MLS."
While Ching missed out on playing in the World Cup, he wants to use the game to continue to grow the sport domestically and represent the city.
"It's an exciting time for me considering the game is here in Houston." Ching discussed. "Been ambassador for the city and for me All-Star games are about getting to know the best players in the league and getting the opportunity to play with them on the field. That's what I enjoy most about the all star game."
After the game, Ching will return to the Dynamo who are struggling this season. He has been part of the two Dynamo MLS Cup winning teams in 2006 and 2007 but after losing Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark to Europe in January, the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs. They are currently in seventh place out of eight in the Western Conference and have earned only 19 points in 17 games.
"My focus has to go back to the Dynamo and it has been," Ching concluded. "We've been struggling this year and need to turn things around. Got to focus my attention on that and see if we can get some points here at the end of the season."