Brian Ching’s Dynamo career ended as it began, with a multi-goal performance in front of the home fans. Ching’s Orange Team defeated the White Team 6-4 in MLS’ first-ever testimonial match.
Landon Donovan, the face of U.S. Soccer, and several past MLS greats like Steve Ralston and Jimmy Conrad joined past Dynamo stars Dwayne De Rosario, Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan, Craig Waibel and Eddie Robinson of the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup champions to honor Ching.
Stuart Holden, Corey Ashe, Ricardo Clark and former U.S. national team star Charlie Davies were celebrity coaches. Current and recent Dynamo stars Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia, Bobby Boswell, Calen Carr and Hunter Freeman also were among the players in the game.
“I just wanted to thank them,” Ching said. “I wanted to show them and I want them to know how much I appreciate them and how much I appreciate how much they’ve given me over the years.”
Rain is considered a good omen in Ching’s Hawaiian culture, and the rainy, cold weather only added to the atmosphere during the first Testimonial Match in Major League Soccer for an American player.
As the final minute of the 70-minute match ticked off the clock, the intimate crowd of 6,528 serenaded Ching with chants of “Thank you, Brian! Thank you, Brian! Thank you, Brian!”
“It was great,” Ching said. “I can’t thank the Dynamo enough for bestowing this honor on me and doing everything first class and first rate. It really made me feel special. I never started my career ever wanting this or thinking this, but it’s pretty amazing that people see you that way.”