A senior member of Bob Bradley’s USA side, Hawaii-born Ching is a prototypical centre-forward, with impressive leaping and heading ability as well as a poacher’s eye for goal. Though not always an automatic selection for the States, the striker’s consistency, goals and ability to hold up the ball and bring his mates into the game make him a dependable option.
After four years of University football, Ching rose through the ranks of the lesser divisions of American professional football and landed at LA Galaxy in 2001. After two seasons back down in the lower leagues, he rose to the top flight again, this time with the San Jose Earthquakes and then Houston Dynamo (when the San Jose club changed locations and names). In Houston, Ching – after a succession of injuries – proved his worth, helping the side to back-to-back MLS titles in 2006 and 2007.
Since making his debut for the USA national team way back in 2003, Ching has amassed 44 caps and scored 11 goals. He was a member of the US side that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and starred for the States in the 2009 instalment, where he led a young side that finished runners-up. Although he missed out on the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign, where the US went to the final, he was a member of the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany™ and figured in the South Africa 2010 qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone.