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Dynamo to announce charity event honoring Brian Ching who is retiring

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Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear is thrilled the franchise will announce on Tuesday a special event to honor forward Brian Ching who is retiring.

The fact that Ching is leaving the playing field at the conclusion of this season is no surprise. He said as much in February.

After retiring as a player Ching will join the Dynamo front office.

Kinnear believes Ching is deserving of a special moment in his honor.

"I think it's great," Kinnear said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "It's a charity event also, which when you look at Brian, he's such an unselfish person.

"I think it's great the team is doing that. I hope it happens to more players around Major League Soccer. He's such a huge figure for our team. I think to send him out in style is the right way to do it."

There is not anything left for Ching to accomplish as a player with the Dynamo.

He came to Houston when the franchise relocated from San Jose, and led the Dynamo to back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2006 and 2007.

The Dynamo's all-time leading scorer, Ching is a six-time MLS All-Star, MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 and MLS Cup MVP in 2006.

"I think it's always bittersweet when a player decides to finish his playing career," Kinnear said. "I think we all understand the reasoning why for Brian.

"I think for Houston soccer, when you think of the Dynamo, if he's not the first name or face you think of, I can't think of anybody else. He's meant everything to the team on and off the field.

"The only thing I can think of when I think of Brian is I wish I would have been his teammate. What a great person to be around and will be sorely missed inside the locker room and on the field."

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