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.
In the second part of our interview with Brian Ching, Brian discusses his beginning of his time in MLS with the LA Galaxy, his year in Seattle, the best team he ever played on, plus the future of Major League Soccer.
Wow, another year of hard work and great results in the community is slowly coming to a close. One more chance to say thank you to Brian Ching on December 13th at his testimonial match (still did not get an invitation to play … maybe Matt wants me for color commentary ….)—tickets still available and remember proceeds go to the House that Ching Built—a Habitat for Humanity project led by the man himself.
I am so proud of the accomplishments of the Dynamo Charities Board in 2013 with tremendous help from Maria Duran, the Sidekicks, and the Dynamo office staff.
We started with the best ever Fire Sale in the history of Fire Sales – and with a team led by the 2013 Forever Orange Award winner Rob Denton (well done, welcome to the Club) and Frank Arnold, and (finally) having bags, we almost doubled our sales from 2012!
Our Dine with the Dynamo led by the Sidekicks was a sellout and raised funds for Community Family Center’s soccer field (we hope to have the grand opening of the field early in 2014). Brad Davis and Tally Hall brought a record number of service personnel to the July 3rd game. Will Bruin and Mike Chabala had their friends come let the kids shave their heads (and Salon on Kirby did just a bit of cleanup work). Bobby Boswell booted breast cancer. Andrew Driver showed us what golf attire really is at the Tommy Bahama Island Classic.
We were the top corporate fundraiser (again) for ADA Tour de Cure, even though the rain cancelled the actual ride. Brian Ching recognized some of the many community champions that are also Dynamo fans through Ching’s Champions. The runners got to go through the stadium for the Go for the Goal 5k—and PWC donated $750 for each home goal to Ronald McDonald house. We even had Diesel step up for the Toy Chest; everyone pitched in this year. In addition to the recognized events, many of the players went to visit hospitals and fire stations and community centers and schools and are Big Brothers.
Thank you to everyone who participated in, donated to, was part of, and/or somehow contributed to our events this year—we hope you will be back with us in 2014. If you have specific comments on how you believe our events could be improved (please be both polite and detailed), please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will read them, and we will use the good ideas you provide—this is your chance to help us be greater in 2014!
Special thank you to the University of Houston Bauer College and Dr. Patrick’s marketing classes for their presentations and ideas—we will definitely be looking at them for 2014.
Lastly, every season brings changes to the roster—a big thank you to those players that will no longer be part of the organization next year. You make us at Dynamo Charities what we are—and if we can ever help you out in anyway, please let us know.
We are Dynamo Charities, proud and thankful to be sponsored by Halliburton Charitable Foundation.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber presents his annual State of the League address.