April 3, 2006
HOUSTON - Former Gonzaga University standout Brian Ching made sure the inaugural game for Houston Dynamo was one the new team's fans wouldn't soon forget.He scored four goals -- one shy of tying the league record -- to lead Dynamo to victory in their first-ever match and highlight the opening weekend of Major League Soccer's 11th season.
Ching's four goals - all assisted on by Dwayne De Rosario, which tied an MLS record - led Dynamo to a 5-2 victory against the Colorado Rapids.
At Robertson Stadium, Ching had a hat trick by halftime as Dynamo began their new history in rollicking fashion before a crowd of better than 25,000 in Houston.
He put Dynamo into the lead in the 13th minute, getting the slightest of touches on a Wade Barrett effort to deflect it past Joe Cannon. But a tremendous long-range blast from Kyle Beckerman from all of 30 yards barely a minute later (15) drew Colorado level.
Then Ching scored twice before the break with nearly identical goals. Twice, De Rosario set Brian Mullan free on the right flank and twice the winger put in pinpoint crosses, each time Ching coming in to powerfully head home (36, 44).
Jovan Kirovski brought the Rapids back to within one with a spectacular free kick that sailed over the Houston wall in the 53rd minute, but Ching headed home a De Rosario corner kick in the 72nd minute to restore the two-goal margin. Alejandro Moreno then provided the finishing touch in stoppage time with a full bicycle kick that ripped into the back of the net.