Ching Saga Over, Forward Traded Back To Houston

Ching Saga Over, Forward Traded Back To Houston

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 16, 2012
  • Brian Ching, Features, Trade

Brian Ching is back in a Dynamo uniform. (Getty Images)

The Brian Ching saga is over.

The Houston Dynamo have reacquired Ching from the Montreal Impact in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Yes, just for a conditional draft pick. The Impact end up being the big losers on this deal after playing hardball back in November. At best they’ll likely end up with a second round pick next year. Nothing sexy about that for an expansion draft pick. This kind of move will likely make future expansion clubs think twice about trying to play the hardball game with other MLS teams over players like this.

Houston comes out looking like the real winners here as Ching returns to the club on a cheaper contract than before. They get the face of their franchise back, someone who holds many franchise records, including games played (fifth, 168), games started (fourth, 144), and assists (third, 24). His club record 63 goals is nearly twice the amount of the second player on the all-time list (Dwayne De Rosario, 32 goals).