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HOUSTON – (CBS Houston): The face of the Houston Dynamo franchise since their inception in 2006, former captain Brian Ching will retire at the end of the season.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the man who scored four goals in the clubs first MLS game will reveal his retirement plan at a Tuesday press conference.
“If I had retired last year it would have been more of a difficult decision than it was this year,” Ching told the Chron. “My body is telling me that it’s time to call it and retire. I can’t play 90 minutes at the level I want. My body hurts if I do play over 45 minutes. It doesn’t just hurt a couple days after. It hurts an entire week.”
Ching is the all-time leading scorer for the Dynamo and signed a player-coach contract before the start of the 2013 season. From on the field to the front office is the plan for Ching once he hangs up the boots for good.
The 35-year-old’s role has diminished as the season has moved along and his body doesn’t rebound as quickly as it used to. Ching was left off the 18-man team sheet against Chivas USA on Saturday and has been playing as a substitute all season.
Ching helped the Dynamo to two MLS Cup titles and two other appearances. The team sits on the cusp of another playoff birth sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The fourth and fifth place teams play each other to determine who plays in the conference semi-finals.
However this season ends for the Dynamo leader he plans on being in Houston’s plans for the long haul.
“I’m ready to move on to the next stage of my life, and that entails finding a way to help the Dynamo be successful,” he said. “I have a tremendous love and loyalty to Houston, the Dynamo organization and the ownership group. I want to continue to help us succeed. That’s my new passion, finding a way to help us be successful in the community and on the field.”