It's official: Brian Ching back with Dynamo

Houston Dynamo's Brian Ching during an MLS soccer match Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in Houston. Houston won 1-0 in overtime. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

February 16, 2012 9:03:04 AM PST
One of the most popular players in Dynamo history is now officially back with the team.

Eyewitness Sports has learned that the deal to bring All-Star Brian Ching back to Houston was finalized today.

Ching was selected by Montreal in the MLS expansion draft in November. Prior to the draft, he said he would retire from playing rather than go elsewhere, but eventually agreed to go.

In the deal to bring Ching back to Houston, the Dynamo gave Montreal a conditional draft pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

"I am very happy to have Brian back with the team," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. "This is a very important year for the Dynamo, and if anyone deserves to be involved with the team, it's Brian."

Ching, 33, was one of the original Dynamo players from when the team moved here from San Jose. He's the Dynamo's team captain and all-time leading scorer with 63 goals in all competitions and 51 in regular-season play.

Ching, the 2006 MLS Cup most valuable player, saw limited action in 2011 due to injury, the lowest minute total of his Houston career, yet still tied for the team lead with five goals.