Houston, you have All-Star representation. No Dynamo players were named to the First XI, but on Monday, Dynamo stars Brad Davis and Brian Ching were officially added to the squad to represent MLS in next week’s All-Star Game against Manchester United.
“It’s great, and I’m happy for both of them,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, who is serving as Bruce Arena’s assistant for the MLS squad. “It adds some local flavor to the game, and I think both guys are deserving and should be involved. I am really pleased for both of our guys.”
Davis is making his third All-Star appearance. However, this one means a little more – not just because of the team he gets the opportunity to face, but also because the game is here in Space City. As a lifelong Manchester United fan, Davis is also thrilled to face off against a player whose game he has always admired from afar as a fellow lefty.
“Ryan Giggs is a legend in Manchester,” said the midfielder. “He was one of the best players in the world in his prime. I’m looking forward to playing against him and hopefully trading jerseys with him.”
For Ching, the All-Star Game provides him the opportunity to play host on several fronts. First, the striker is hosting a charity event at the House of Blues following the game and hopes to raise funds for a good cause: his charity, the House That Ching Built.
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“For me, the best part of the All-Star game is to get to know the other guys on the team and getting to play with them,” noted Ching. “We have some talented players in the league, and getting to play with them makes the game enjoyable.”
“Having the All-Star game here is a huge reward for our fans and organization,” continued the Dynamo forward. “It’s a good opportunity to watch some good soccer by some of the best guys in the league.”
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