Brian Ching Threatens To Retire If Drafted By Montreal, Is Drafted By Montreal

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

The MLS Expansion Draft is an annual event where the newest Major League Soccer team chooses not to have Roger Levesque on its roster. It’s become an annual fixture on the MLS calendar as a flurry of transfer activity and backroom intrigue. And the Houston Dynamo-Brian Ching-Montreal Impact love triangle has added yet another layer of interest to this year’s edition.

Brian Ching was one of the original Houston Dynamo players who moved from San Jose in 2006 and won the next two consecutive MLS Cups. His 51 goals for the Texas side gives him the club’s all-time scoring record. He’s the club captain, and hoped to have at least one more season at the club, leading the Dynamo out in their new stadium before retiring to a front-office job.

With his hefty salary next season ($412,500), declining offensive production (Just five goals last season, and hasn’t hit double digits since 2008), and likelihood of lasting just a single season, Houston figured Montreal would want to build their team around a younger, cheaper player than Ching, and his name was omitted from the protected players list.

And to really scare the Impact off, Ching threatened to retire if selected. With his future looking orange and Texan, Ching got ready for his vacation ahead of the 2012 season.

Except for one thing: Montreal called his bluff. On Wednesday afternoon, Ching’s name was one of the ten announced as a new member of the league’s newest club.

That leaves three possible outcomes: Ching makes good on his threat, and retires to be a member of the Dynamo FO; The Dynamo cut a deal to bring Ching back, and probably give up some allocation money in the process; or Brian Ching sacks up and takes his massive salary to play soccer and quit whining.

For comparison, here are some strikers who made less and produced more than Ching last year:

  • Chris Wondolowski ($175,000 for 16 goals, 3 assists)
  • Dominic Oduro ($95,004 for 12 goals, 2 assists)
  • Kei Kamara ($200,000 for 9 goals, 4 assists)

All three of whom, by the way, are former Houston Dynamo players who were traded away. Oops.

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