Dynamo sign Ching to new deal

Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching will serve as a player and

assistant coach under a new contract announced by the team on

Friday.

Ching is an original member of the Dynamo and the franchise’s

career leader in goals (69) and plans to retire after this season.

The six-time MLS All-Star has also scored 11 goals in 45 caps with

the U.S. national team.

Ching scored 11 goals in 2006, the franchise’s inaugural season

in Houston. He led the Dynamo to their first MLS championship that

season and was named the Most Valuable Player in the MLS Cup. Last

season, he played in a career-high 30 games and finished with five

goals and five assists.

The Dynamo open the 2013 season against D.C. United on

Saturday.