- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 9, 2012
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- 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, Brian Ching, Dominic Kinnear, Features
As bad as it was back in November, both Brian Ching and the Houston Dynamo are ready to move past the whole expansion draft fiasco.
Ching – now a member of the Montreal Impact – played the Dynamo yesterday in a preseason scrimmage. The mood was not as hostile as one would have imagined it to be a couple months back. In fact, Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear apologized for his actions and comments from the expansion draft.
“I think in the beginning, we were a little bit liberal with what we were saying,” Kinnear said. “I think it was a little bit rude, and I apologize for that, back when Brian first got selected by Montreal in the Expansion Draft. I think it was too easily talked about because of who he is, and I think now just to be very professional, we have to keep it as quiet as possible.”
It will still be hard for Houston fans to see Ching in the Impact blue, but give it time and all things will soon pass on.
One Houston writer is still betting on seeing Ching back in Dynamo orange by March 11. I tend to agree with him.
Let’s turn back to Ching, the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. The Dynamo and Impact have had trade discussions on and off since the start of preseason, so there’s still a chance that Ching will be back with the team for the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium.
I’m willing to bet Ching will be a member of the Dynamo by March 11.
With that said, the Dynamo also have inquired about other veteran forwards within in MLS, in Europe (Kevin Davies of Bolton turned the team down) and South America (Carlo Costly). You also know about Kris Boyd, the Scottish forward who snubbed them to sign with the Portland Timbers.
Yesterday the Dynamo did trade for forward Mac Kandji from the Colorado Rapids. That folks is no Ching replacement but it is a start.
A lot can and will happen between now and March. We’re a month out of First Kick and already this preseason has presented some interesting story lines.