- U.S. National Team: MNT
- Position: Forward
- Date Of Birth: May 24, 1978
- Height: 5-11
- Weight: 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
Finished Gonzaga career with 34 goals, third-most in school history ... Holds the Gonzaga all-time record with 23 assists ... Tied for second on Gonzaga’s all-time points list with 91 when he left the school ... First Team All-WCC and All-Far West Region in 2000 ... First Team All-WCC in 1999 ... Missed entire 1998 season after surgery to repair injured meniscus in his right knee ... Second Team All-WCC in 1997 ... Scored three goals and six assists in 1996 ... Helped Gonzaga win two WCC Championships during his career … USL Premier Rookie of the Year in 1997 as a member of the Spokane Shadow … Starred at Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Played for the Bulls club team and traveled to tournaments on the mainland, where he was noticed by Gonzaga’s coaches.
First Hawaiian native ever drafted by an MLS team ... Started playing soccer at age seven, and his mother was his first coach ... Hosted a sports segment on KHOU TV in Houston called “Kickin’ It with Brian Ching” … Enjoys surfing and golfing ... Was an accounting major at Gonzaga.