U.S. Soccer
Men's National Team

Brian Ching

Forward Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-11 / 195

  • Hometown

    Haleiwa, Hawaii

  • Club

    Houston Dynamo

The first Hawaiian-born player to earn a cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team, he is renowned for his work rate and physical presence on both sides of the ball. Ching has also brought intelligence and selfless play to the U.S. forward line, and added goals to boot. Scoring in four consecutive years for the full team, his tally has now reached double digits. He earned the Budweiser Golden Boot award for the third straight year in Houston, scoring a team-high eight goals.

  • Just the second player in MNT history to score a goal in each of his first two World Cup qualifying games, after Eric Wynalda did it in 1996
  • Finished in third place in scoring for the U.S. with four goals in 10 appearances in the 2010 qualifying cycle
  • Captained the U.S. in the last two matches of the 2009 Gold Cup, including the 2-0 win against Honduras in the semifinal
  • The team’s all-time leading scorer, Ching now has 63 goals for the Houston Dynamo
2009: Played in a career-high 11 matches, starting 10 … Scored the insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Honduras in Gold Cup group play on July 8 in Washington, D.C. … Started the first three qualifiers of the final round where the U.S. went 2-0-1 … A hamstring injury kept Ching out of the Confederations Cup squad … Returned to appear in five of the six games of the USA’s second-place finish in the Gold Cup … 2008: Set a career high for goals in 2008 with four, all of which came during World Cup qualifying … Scored twice against Barbados in the 8-0 win on June 15, then deposited goals in consecutive qualifiers against T&T and Cuba … Tied for the team lead in goals with Clint Dempsey, he set up Dempsey for the game-winning goal against Cuba in Havana … Featured in seven games for the U.S. … 2007: A member of the side which won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup … Scored a goal in that tournament against Trinidad & Tobago in the group stage … In the final, he was dragged down in the box by Mexico’s Jonny Megallon, setting up what would be Landon Donovan’s game-tying penalty … Had a wonderful assist to Donovan in the March friendly against Ecuador, reuniting the successful San Jose Earthquakes partnership from years past … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup side that competed in Germany … He finished the year making nine appearances in total for the United States, five of them in the starting lineup … His two goals on the year put him in a four-way tie for the second most on the team … 2005: Appeared in three final round qualifiers, starting two … Partnered with Eddie Johnson for the USA’s 2-0 win against Guatemala on March 30 in Birmingham, Ala. … Played the last two qualifiers, starting in the 3-0 loss away to Costa Rica before replacing Taylor Twellman in the 2-0 win against Panama four days later … A hamstring injury kept Ching out of the June qualifiers, and a subsequent surgery ruled him out of the Gold Cup … Played in six games total, the most of his MNT career … 2004: Made a total of four appearances for the MNT, starting two games … Came up with two clutch goals in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, scoring in back-to-back qualifiers … Buried a Landon Donovan pass from close range to pull out a dramatic 1-1 draw against Jamaica and leave Kingston with an important point to open the semifinal round of qualifying … Headed home the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory against El Salvador in Foxborough … Played in his third straight qualifying match when he started against Panama in Panama City … Got his first cap of the year when he came on as a substitute in the 65th minute against Poland in Chicago … 2003: Ching made his first appearance for the U.S. National Team on May 26 against Wales at Spartan Stadium, entering as a substitute in the 75th minute … First Appearance: May 26, 2003, vs. Wales … First Goal: Aug. 18, 2004, vs. Jamaica.
2009: Scored a team-high eight goals and recorded three goals in 18 appearances … Scored Houston’s first MLS goal of the season on March 21 against Columbus, giving him 14 goals in his last 20 MLS regular season games … 2008: In 25 appearances, he started 24 games and scored 13 goals to be named Dynamo MVP as the team’s leading scorer … He ranked fifth in the league in goals, with his June 26th header taking him over the 50 mark for his career in MLS … All 13 of his goals came in the unbeaten run for the Dynamo that lasted from May to October … 2007: Led Houston to their second straight MLS crown, leading the team with seven goals in 20 regular season appearances … Added two more goals in the playoffs … 2006: Scored 11 goals in 21 games for the Dynamo as they opened their inaugural season in Houston in style, winning the MLS Cup against New England … In the season opener against the Rapids, he scored four goals (the seventh person in league history to score four goals in a game) … Missed six games due to World Cup duty with the national team … Earned MVP honors in the 2006 MLS Cup after he scored the equalizing goal in overtime and converted a penalty in the shootout … 2005: Had seven goals and five assists in only 16 regular season matches for the San Jose Earthquakes, still good for third best on the team … His game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw against FC Dallas on Sept. 25 clinched the top the spot in the Western Conference for San Jose … Scored the lone goal in San Jose’s 1-1 draw against Los Angeles on Oct. 30 in San Jose in the second leg of the semifinal playoff series … 2004: Played in 25 matches, starting 21 … Led the team in scoring and goals scored with 28 points on 12 goals and four assists … Tied for first in the league for goals scored with Eddie Johnson … Was second in the league in total scoring … Named to the MLS Best XI and MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 … 2003: Started the season on a hot streak with six goals and two assists in 15 games before getting injured and sitting out the rest of the year … Scored his first goal with the Earthquakes in his first start with the team on April 12 against Colorado, striking just 53 seconds into the match … Ruptured his right Achilles tendon on August 16 against New England and underwent surgery three days later forcing him to miss the rest of the season ... Made his official Earthquakes debut in April against CSD Municipal, playing 90 minutes and scoring his first goal … 2002: Played the entire 2002 season with the Seattle Sounders of the A-League, earning All-League honors ... Selected to the A-League Team of the Week four times ... Scored 16 goals and registered eight assists for Seattle ... Ranked second in the A-League in scoring, fourth in assists and third in shots … 2001: Played eight games for the Galaxy, starting one ... Scored one goal and one assist ... Made two appearances in the 2001 MLS Cup Playoffs.