Who doesn’t love a good transfer saga?
While commonplace in Europe, they don’t seem to happen too often in MLS. But this offseason, fans were treated to the tale of Brian Ching (there’s a “CHING! CHING!” Joke here somewhere, but I can’t find it … moving on.)
The longtime Dynamo favorite was left unprotected in the expansion draft last November, as head coach Dom Kinnear took a calculated risk, dangling him there for the Impact to grab. While Ching stated before the draft itself he’d retire before playing for the Impact, Montreal coach Jesse Marsch picked him anyway.
After some fiery words from both parties – and Montreal trying to trade Ching back for a king’s ransom – the back-and-forth between the two teams cooled off. Ching was
dealt to Houston on Thursday for a conditional draft pick in 2013.
So who comes off worse here? Houston, by leaving one of its veterans unprotected, didn’t look great. Montreal now has one less player with MLS experience to rely on in 2012, and Ching himself reportedly trimmed his salary to remain in Orange. If you’re the Impact, perhaps drafting Ching in the first place was a mistake.
But if that had been the case, where else would MLS fans have found their offseason drama?