[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Brian Ching is headed back to the Houston Dynamo after the 2011 MLS Cup finalist reached an agreement with the Montreal Impact to give the expansion club a conditional first-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in return for the veteran striker who was taken by the Impact in the Expansion Draft.
“I am very happy to have Brian back with the team,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said in a statement. “This is a very important year for the Dynamo, and if anyone deserves to be involved with the team, it’s Brian.”
The Dynamo will move into its new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, in 2012. Ching is an original member of the Dynamo, which won MLS titles in 2006 and 2007, with 51 goals in 125 games since the club's move from San Jose.
The Impact's selection of the 2006 U.S. World Cup player after the Dynamo's decision to leave Ching available created some bad blood between the teams.
Kinnear acknowledged he was "a little bit rude" in the manner it was handled.
It was first thought that Ching might retire, but he reported to the Impact's training camp and even started in the Impact's 2-0 loss to the Houston last week.
Ching will reportedly move into the Dynamo front office when he retires