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Houston Dynamo’s Brian Ching threatens retirement because Montreal Impact drafted him in expansion draft

Nov 26, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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For soccer fans in Montreal, this week was an exciting week as the expansion Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer held their expansion draft.

The draft allowed the Impact to pick ten players from other MLS rosters. One of those players available was Houston’s Brian Ching who told the Impact that he would not play for them.

The Impact decided to draft him regardless of the threat:

Even though Brian Ching vowed to retire if they selected him, the Montreal Impact chose the Dynamo’s all-time leading scorer with the first pick in the 2011 MLS expansion draft Wednesday.

“I have no comment,” Ching said after the Houston Chronicle informed him he had been selected.

A day before the draft, Ching promised to retire and work in the Dynamo’s front office if the Impact chose him.

Now some may ask, why was Ching so anti-Montreal? Montreal’s head coach might have been the reason why:

The Impact are coached by Jesse Marsch, one of the U.S. national team assistant coaches on Bob Bradley’s staff when they decided make Ching one of the last cuts before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

To this day, Ching has said he’ll never get over that snub, and now Marsch appears to have made the call that could send Ching into retirement at least a year before he hoped

This isn’t the first time that an athlete has threatened a professional Canadian sports team before getting selected by them in a draft.

Former NBA player Steve Francis told the Vancouver Grizzlies that if they drafted him in the 1999 NBA Draft, he wouldn’t play for them. Vancouver ended up picking Francis second in that draft before trading him to the Houston Rockets, two months later.


Despite Ching Retirement Threat, Montreal Picks Him [Houston Chronicle]

  1. Dirty D Fo - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Ummm.. Who cares? You wasted your time posting this when you could’ve posted a real sport.. like MMA.

    • stanleygcollins - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      The goal was to get a reaction. You reacted, ergo your post disproves your point.

    • rakesofmallow - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:25 AM

      Didn’t know beating someone on the ground is a sport