This might be Brian Ching's final season. He used to be an all star every year, got call ups to the U.S. national team and was in the upper echelon of MLS forwards, but that time is gone. Now he's battled injuries and age, just trying to get on the field when he can. He missed chunks of this season, but as we've gotten to the playoffs, he's gotten healthy. He's spoken about how fresh he's felt and in this contest, he looked fresh. He looked like the Brian Ching of old.
The hold up play from Ching was there. He's always ben excellent with that. He was a handful on set pieces too and he even chipped in with a gorgeous pass to Calen Carr for the goal that put the Dynamo up 2-1. Now he's come off as Carlos Costly has been subbed on, but you can't say he didn't do his job. He did a great job and reminded us of what Ching used to look like.
With Costly on, the Dynamo have someone like Ching. They have a guy who will hold the ball up and bully people. With the Union making a surge, they need that because they really just need the ball and to make the Philadelphia defense work some.