Let's be honest - a preview for this might not have been necessary. But Brian Ching deserves it. He's given eight years to the Houston Dynamo, a preview for his testimonial match isn't too much to ask for, so here goes.
This is a celebration of the career of Brian Ching, with the match proceeds going to one of his charities, The House that Ching Built. On his name and legend some of the greatest players in the history of American soccer (okay, and elsewhere, DeRo) have been invited. These are players that have played with or against Ching (and sometimes both) at some point in his twelve year career, and the list alone is enough to justify the ticket price:
|Orange Team||White Team|
|Brian Ching||Anthony Arena|
|Wade Barrett||Davy Arnaud|
|Michael Chabala||Bobby Boswell|
|Paul Dalglish||Calen Carr|
|Brad Davis||Colin Clark|
|Dwayne De Rosario||Jimmy Conrad|
|Kelly Gray||Charlie Davies|
|Nate Jaqua||Tyler Deric*|
|Brian Mullan||Landon Donovan*|
|Pat Onstad*||Hunter Freeman|
|Eddie Robinson||Juan Pablo Galavis|
|Craig Waibel||Danny O'Rourke|
|Chris Wondolowski||Steve Ralston|
* denotes goalkeepers (Yes, that includes Donovan).
Also participating: Boniek Garcia, Dominic Kinnear.
Coaches are: Corey Ashe, Ricardo Clark, Matt Reis, and Stuart Holden
Seriously, is that not a great list? There are some who I would've liked to see here that either weren't invited or couldn't make it (For all the crap that we Dynamo fans give Taylor Twellman, I have a lot of respect for him and feel that he should be here, among others, such as Geoff Cameron), but all in all, the guys who'll be here will get me stoked to watch this. De Rosario, Robinson, Spencer, Waibel, Onstad, and Dalgish are among those who bring back good memories for any Dynamo fan, and players like Wondo, Donovan, and Arnaud are some of the best in the game as well.
If the roster alone isn't enough to have convinced you to come watch this, perhaps the charity will. The House that Ching Built (as the name suggests) has already given one area family a new home, and hope to use the proceeds from the testimonial to put up another one.
Brian Ching might be moving out of the spotlight, but he won't stop giving back to a city that has adopted him as one of their own. So let's do this one last time. Let's fill BBVA Compass for Ching once more. He's given so much to this city, and this is a chance to help him give even more - all while watching what should prove to be a very entertaining soccer match.