One big question mark heading into 2013 has been the future of forward Brian Ching. On New Year's Eve, Ching made his intentions known.
"I still feel like I can contribute," Ching told MLSsoccer.com.
That's right. The House that Ching built will get to give Brian one more year under the lights. And by the lights, I of course mean that hot Houston sun.
Ching has decided to return for his 12th professional season. While his role has changed from the man who the Dynamo counted on scoring goals to now being an impact player off the bench, Ching still has much to contribute.
2012 was an interesting year for Ching, who found himself on another team's roster this time last year. I'm sure we can all remember that awkward preseason game when Ching faced off against the Dynamo wearing a Montreal Impact jersey. He managed to find his way home prior to the start of the season, and see BBVA Compass Stadium opened for the first time.
Although Ching's role changed over the course of last season, he flourished in his role off the bench. Ching played 30 matches in 2012, the most in his career. He finished the season with a respectable five goals and five assists. Combined with his off the ball movement, hold up play, and passing skills - things that cannot be measured on paper - Ching made an impact in nearly every game he made an appearance in.
With Houston playing in over 40 games due to the MLS regular season, CONCACAF Champions League, and US Open Cup, Ching will surely have opportunities to help the Dynamo succeed.
Ching will join Will Bruin and Omar Cummings as the forward corps that's in place as of today. Macoumba Kandji and Cam Weaver are still un-signed. Calen Carr will likely not see action until midseason due to injury.
Dynamo fans, have your say below. Glad to see Ching back in orange? How will he contribute to the orange in 2013?