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Sounders Nab Brian Ching from MLS
Thursday, March 14, 2002
(Seattle, WA) – The Seattle Sounders Professional Soccer Club today announced the signing of forward Brian Ching, former member of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

On loan from the Galaxy last year, Ching’s Sounder debut was nothing short of spectacular. He racked up four goals and one assist and was the team’s 4th leading scorer playing in only seven games. The 6-0 foot, 185-pound Ching played over 500 minutes for the Sounders last season.

Ching played his college soccer at Gonzaga University and finished his career with 34 goals, ranking third all-time in the schools history. His 23 career assists are a Gonzaga record and his 91 career points tie him for second on the school's all-time charts. In his senior season in 2000, he scored eight goals and six assists, good for first-team All-WCC and All-Far West Region honors.

Drafted by the L.A. Galaxy in the second round (16th overall) of the 2001 Super Draft, Ching played eight games notching one goal and one assist in his rookie year. However, with the off-season acquisition of Guatemalan Carlos Ruiz earlier this month, the Galaxy released Ching.

Born in Hawaii, Ching attended Kamehameha High School in Honolulu.

Head coach Brian Schmetzer, after the Ching signing, commented that he was “thrilled to have a player of Brian’s ability, character and work ethic back with our club.” He continued, “Brian’s stats last year prove that he’s a goal scorer and that was certainly one issue we needed to address this off season.”

For more information on the signing of Brian Ching visit www.SeattleSounders.net.

Bart Wiley

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