Our four part series with Brian Ching comes to an end, with the Dynamo legend reflecting on his decision to retire and his upcoming Testimonial Match.
The Houston Chronicle announced their list of the most interesting people in the Houston area, and Brian Ching was named as one of the 43 individuals in the lineup.
Here's what the Chronicle had to say about Ching:
Ching will soon retire from the Houston Dynamo. He is the first Hawaiian US men’s national team soccer player. Although he is a Houston import, Ching has become the face of the franchise, and indeed soccer in Houston, and has completely adopted his new hometown.
Dynamo Academy midfielder Christian Lucatero has been named to Development Academy select roster for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Four select teams were named for the event: two for the U-15/16 age group and two for U-17/18. Lucatero will play for the U-17/18 Blue Select Team. The two teams in each age group will face off on Dec. 12 at the Premier Sports Campus. U-15/16s kick off at 5 p.m. CT, with the U-17/18s following at 7 p.m. CT. Game updates will be provided on the Academy/YNT Twitter account @ussoccer_ynt.
Lucatero was recently voted Dynamo Academy Player of the Year at the 2013 Dynamo Celebration. He has been involved in several U.S. Youth National Team training camps, most recently in September. The Pasadena native is one of six players on the U-17/18 select teams who participated in the September camp. The elite Academy players for all four rosters were selected by U.S. Soccer technical advisors, who will also be coaching the teams.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will bring every U-16 and U-18 team in the Development Academy to Florida from Dec. 11-15 for a round of games against teams outside their normal conference. The Dynamo U-18s will face a trio of 2013 Finals Week teams in the Seattle Sounders, Shattuck-St. Mary's Soccer Academy and the Vancouver Whitecaps. The U-16s will take on the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and De Anza Force.
Continuing with our 1-on-1 interview with Brian Ching, Sebastian Salazar asks for some of Ching's favorite memories with the U.S. men's national team. Ching goes through his thoughts on being the first Hawaiian to play for the national team, the best atmosphere to play in and more.
Steph caught up with your Dynamo favorites at our year-end Dynamo Celebration. Does Tally dress Brad? What was the worst rookie prank pulled on Anthony Arena? Who has the best "winning face"? All that and more in a special On Location edition of The Pulp.
Congrats to former Dynamo defender and current University of Washington assistant coach Craig Waibel for being named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in the Far West region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)!
Waibel and the Huskies, led by head coach Jamie Clark, have compiled a 16-1-4 record in 2013 and will host New Mexico this Saturday in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament with a trip to the College Cup on the line. Washington went into the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed and Pac-12 champions.
After finishing his playing career with the Dynamo in 2010, Waibel went to the University of Michigan as an assistant coach in 2011 before accepting the same position at Washington, his alma mater, in 2012. In his two seasons, the Dawgs have gone 29-6-6, including 3-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament.
"The Peaceful Warrior" is scheduled to be at BBVA Compass Stadium next Friday for Brian Ching's Testimonial Match, presented by BBVA Compass, but the College Cup begins the same day at PPL Park in Philadelphia. We'll understand if he has other commitments, such as winning a championship.
Dominic Kinnear, Brad Davis and Chris Canetti give their final thoughts on the 2013 Dynamo season and provide a glimpse ahead to 2014.
On Sunday, December 1, Brian Ching was introduced as an Honorary Captain at the Houston Texans' game versus the New England Patriots. Joining Ching were Robert Horry of the Houston Rockets, Larry Dierker of the Houston Astros and Chester Pitts of the Houston Texans.
In the first part of our interview series with Brian Ching, Brian chats with Sebastian Salazar about his early years of soccer in Hawaii, his relationship with his mother and his move to Gonzaga.