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Mid-Day Ticker: Ching nears return, Hull officially relegated and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Houston Dynamo's thorough beating of the Kansas City Wizards this weekend was a sign of good things to come for Dom Kinnear's squad. Now, there's even better news on the horizon.

Brian Ching is set to return to action this week, most likely in Saturday's match against Chivas USA, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Ching, who injured his left hamstring in the Dynamo's 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake back on April 1, is reportedly resuming training Monday and Tuesday with the possibility of being available for Wednesday's Texas derby against FC Dallas.

A healthy, if not strong, showing from Ching this week could also be enough to re-insert himself in the national team discussion with Bob Bradley's roster selection just days away.

Here are a few more soccer stories from around the world:

HULL TIES WIGAN, OFFICIALLY RELEGATED

After a two-year stay in England's top league, Hull City has officially been relegated.

Steve Gohouri's goal in stoppage time brought Wigan Athletic level with the Tigers, and the two played to a 2-2 draw at DW Stadium, mathematically eliminating Hull from remaining in the Premier League.

Playing without Jozy Altidore, whose red card last week effectively suspended him for the rest of the season, Hull managed to battle back from a 1-0 deficit on goals from Will Atkinson and Mark Cullen.

Gohouri's equalizer was merely sealed the formality in Hull's relegation. Even if the Tigers had come away with three points, they'd still be trailing 17th-place West Ham by three points, and the Hammers would have had a better goal differential by 21. Hull will accompany drop-zone mates Burnley and Portsmouth in the League Championship next season.

ARSENAL FALLS TO BLACKBURN

Blackburn defended its home turf Monday by defeating Arsenal, 2-1, with Christopher Samba's 68th-minute goal providing the difference.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring in the 13th minute, but David Dunn equalized two minutes before halftime and Samba scored the winner, sending the Gunners to their third loss in four matches.

KURANYI WON'T MAKE GERMAN SQUAD

Despite scoring 18 goals in the Bundesliga this season, Schalke's Kevin Kuranyi will not be included on the German national team roster for this summer's World Cup.

Kuranyi, who was kicked off the national team in October, 2008, after leaving a qualifying game for which he wasn't selected at halftime, has not fallen back into the good graces of manager Joachim Loew enough to warrant a selection on the roster.

BORDEAUX COACH OFFERED FRANCE GIG

Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc has reportedly been offered the French national team coaching job, a position that will become vacant after the World Cup.

Raymond Domenech is on the outs regardless of how the French finish this summer, and French publication L'Equipe reported that the French Football Federation president has already made an offer to Blanc.

Blanc guided Bordeaux to the quarterfinals of the Champions League before falling to Ligue 1 rival Olympique Lyon.

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Excited to see Ching return? Does he deserve a spot on the USMNT roster this summer? What do you think Altidore's next move should be? Do you think Germany has enough firepower to leave Kuranyi at home? Who is best-suited to guide the French?

Share your thoughts below.

128 comments
  • Reid

    patrick, i didnt mean to sound as a Ching hater. I actually like the guy and think he should be going to SA. Its just with his fitness its a toss up to who is exactly better, and we are more then a month away, so that might or might not be a factor.

    I was trying to say we have proven guys that are injured (ching/davies) that have different roles. And we have healthy untested guys (buddle/gomez/cunningham/etc) that I wouldnt bet the farm on.

    This is why Bob is paid the big $ and we all sit on message boards and like to think we know what we are talking about. I think bob was the only person in the world with confidence in CC in Honduras, so at this point in Bob I Trust.

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  • Eric

    Jozy had a toe problem with Xerez. As minimal as it sounds he had to get surgery or something and that kept him out of the side for a while. Thats all i know about the Xerez saga.

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  • Warren

    Youth/form over…age (Ching) and infirmity (Davies).

    Ching helped USMNT qualify, thanks very much.

    Davies was great, now he’s…recuperating. Probably not great, just yet, though we can hope for a few more days.

    So it’s time for others to step up.

    Buddle and Gomez make it onto the bus with decent showings in camp, Ching gets a gold watch. And Davies sets a target on Brazil in 2014.

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  • Eric

    He’s a nice guy to have come on in the 90th minute to go down to the corner and keep the ball from the defenders. That is about the only thing that he can do on the National stage.

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  • Hokie_Futbol

    You guys are delusional! No offense meant, but why on earth would Morinho want this job? Bradley makes 400k. Mourinho makes much more than that and gets to coach Inter.

    With that said, I hope I eat my words when Bradley decides to move on and Mourinho comes in. I believe Bradley can stay for the next cycle if he wants to though.

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  • Chris in Belfast

    I hadn’t seen these reports from a coach about his laziness in training. Source?

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  • patrick

    except boca gooch wont be there on crosses, only set pieces. Furthermore, while clint is pretty good in the air, he is no ching. I’m not saying that accomplishment alone should get him a spot, just another talent he brings to the table, along with collecting, distributing and drawing fouls. Read the entire post rather than cherrypicking one sentence to nit pick on

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  • Bud

    ching also has 3 years on the guy. At least Buddle wouldnt be wobbly like Ching.

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  • Elano

    You guys can write all the paragraphs you want about how great Ching is at playing as a target striker against San Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago, but that’s not impressing anyone. Ching would get destroyed trying to play like that against England or Slovenia. He’s currently rehabbing an injury that could possibly flare up again in SA and has no form going into this upcoming camp.

    Explain to me again why he deserves a spot on the plane?

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  • bud

    you do know that one’s energy at certain times of the year is related to astrological signs? He just wants the most energy

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  • Aaron in StL

    I think he meant being “fish-like” or “of or resembling the characteristics of a fish, e.g. scales, gills, and the like.”

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  • sread

    Everybody wants/expects a Messi up top, and don’t face the reality that manufacturing goals takes hard and dirty work sometimes.

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  • Bob Bradley sucks

    Why do I have a feeling that BB is going to select Ching, Casey and Johnson over Davies, Gomez, and Buddle.

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  • patrick

    oh, and Bornstein has 2 goals for the US team in 29 appearances, one with his head. Let’s stop with the ridiculous names being dropped.

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  • saywha?

    Ching doesn’t hold up the ball well, he holds us up from scoring. He brings NOTHING to the game. He is slow, and his distribution contributes nothing to our offense. He may be special in the MLS, but let’s face it, we all could be. The U.S. needs to start attacking. We need to prove we belong. We need to stop being satisfied with a guy who can hold the ball up. Jozy gets in great position and tries to make plays. He can distribute or turn on his man and make a move. Ching is garbage. Watch some soccer outside the MLS and learn a few things.

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  • war

    There may be a good reason why Ching hasn’t played a good team in a while.

    Injury prone+Garbage=Waste of space on the roster sheet.

    Last major game-Mexico away, supposed to be our target man. I beleive he started ahead of Jozy. Result, single digit touches on the ball, nowhere to be seen, subbed at half.

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  • Isaac

    Why don’t we put him against good competition with a good strike partner and see how he does instead of purely speculating?

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  • john.q

    in fact i would bring along freddy adu before ching.

    YEA I SAID IT! freddy adu!

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  • patrick

    youre thought are simple and fueled by the lack of an understanding of the way the US plays. When brian ching was out, why do you think conor casey got all those call ups to play alongside jozy? certainly not becasue he’s our best forward, but because HE FITS THE BILL. The reason we need brian ching is the same reason why real madrid’s galacticos never worked out The “best”, most skilled 11 isnt always the best team. Hopefully you’ll understand that someday.

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  • Isaac

    I’ll give you the Mexico game and I don’t think he should be starting either but it’s not like there were brilliant performances all around that game.

    The main reason he hasn’t played great competition is because his only opportunity was really in the Confederations Cup and he was injured then.

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  • Sergio of SF

    I want Ching in South Africa. He is the best target striker in the pool. Why there is so much hate towards him I will never understand.

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  • saywha?

    And what BILL is that? Mediocrity? Just because that’s what we have been doing, doesn’t mean it’s right. Where has it gotten us? Please tell me what Ching has done against a real opponent? I’m not talking about the Chicago Fire. He comes back to the ball and either falls, looking for a foul, or he sends it back where it came from. He is useless. If you tell me this is what our offense is supposed to look like, then I am not even going to watch. What is all the hard work for, if you just show up in SA, and hold the ball up. It’s BS. I want to see us actually score this time around. Ching sucks.

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  • Illmatic74

    Well I don’t see Altidore becoming like Adu. Everyone likes to use some psychological angle on Adu’s struggles I think it is simply because he is not quick and not strong. He doesn’t have the quickness to go by people and he is not strong enough to take the pressure from big defenders. Altidore is just an athletic specimen. He has the ability to be a force he just needs to improve his skill level.

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  • saywha?

    I’ll never understand the love. Seriously, I have not seen where the hype comes from. Please someone elaborate. I don’t want to hear about his hold up skills. I am pretty sure we can find 10-20 guys who can do that.

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  • B&S

    Because all Brian Ching ever did was play in the MLS. He’s 31 now and he has never adapted to play outside of the US because he’s not good enough. Lets face it the MLS is not a good league to be in right now this is why I am very proud to see players like Holden and Clark leaving MLS to play in Europe so they can get better in their games. Staying in MLS just keeps your game at the same level, look at Ching he is the same player now then he was 5 years ago nothing has change he’s not impressive. Gomez left MLS to play in Mexico and look at him now he’s the scoring champ and his game got a lot better. Same with Buddle he’s in a scoring streak with goals and I heard rumors that European teams like Blackburn in the EPL are intrested in him. Ching isn’t a good asset at all for the USMNT. That is why picking Buddle and Gomez is the right choice for the USA!

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  • bryan

    i dont think his international experience against COCACAF opposition is enough to put him over buddle. personally, i hope ching is left home unless he makes some miraculous run and scores nonstop from here on out.

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  • bryan

    one game against barca with a man down does not mean he is a defensive minded coach!

    beside, he’ll be at Inter or Madrid after the World Cup. He’s not taking the US gig.

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  • Elano

    What part of Ching has no form did you Ching lovers miss out on? The guy is coming off an injury and yet you’d still like him playing at 75% in SA as a target man?

    I want some of what you boys are smokin’

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  • Sergio of SF

    Just because a player has only played in MLS does not mean he is not good enough. The 2002 US World Cup team was mostly MLS players. Donovan has played in the MLS his whole career, with a few stints in Europe. Would you say he is not good enough for Europe? And for you to say that the MLS is not a good league, what do you base that on? This league is better than a lot of other leagues. And the teams have proven that they can compete with Europe’s best. The friendly’s played here against teams like AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, etc… They have not been blow outs, but competitive matches.

    As for Gomez, he battled injuries while here in MLS. And where have you heard these rumors about Buttle? I have read nothing about European teams being interested. Ching is a veteran, his leadership and time with the team alone make him a good asset.

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  • hernandez

    My vote is for Trapattoni….Ireland was one of the best drilled teams in qualifiers. I think he would be great for the US. Just a thought….

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  • Isaac

    Guys, I’ll admit, maybe Buddle and Gomez are better, but they way we are, it’s not about that. It’s about the logistics of this team and it’s roster. Brian Ching is going because he is a target man and he can fill in just in case Jozy Altidore gets injured. Gomez and Buddle are not as good at being the target, taking the lumps, holding the ball, and keeping it under physical pressure from the other team, I think we can admit that. If Jozy goes down, who is the target? Not Charlie, he just got off an injury and he’s sure to take lumps from physical defenders like Ferdinand and Terry. Slovenia and Algeria aren’t going to give him an easy time either, especially not the way Bougherra(sp) has been playing for Rangers. Buddle and Gomez are more out and out strikers, based on playing off of a bigger striker.

    What I COULD see happening is that Bedoya be left off the roster for Gomez or Buddle, but that’s unlikely.

    Are Gomez and Buddle better goalscorers? Maybe so, but if they don’t fit into what this team needs they don’t go.

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  • B&S

    Donovan: Besides Donovan, he’s the only MLS player that can probably dominate in Europe, if it wasn’t for the Galaxy Donovan would be in Everton right now which means he will not be in MLS.

    I’m not saying MLS is a horrible league i’m just saying it’s not a top league at this moment many leagues in Europe and South America are way better than the MLS it is impossible to say that this statement is false. As for the European clubs playing against MLS teams, first of all those games are just friendlies so the players aren’t going to play in 100% mode and they still beat MLS teams. Imagine if one MLS team played Chelsea in a real BPL Season game do you think those MLS team will get blow out I think so since Chelsea blowout teams with their own League Team opponets imagine a MLS team.

    Yes, Gomez battle with injuries but before that MLS coaches were playing him at the wrong positions. When he went to Puebla they put him as a striker and look at him now with 10 goals.

    And for the Buddle situation I said rumors I never said that this was a true statement I found a site that stated that he was getting looked at European teams but I never said it was true. These links can be false but here’s the links: http://www.imscouting.com/global-news-article/US-coach-Bob-Bradley-please-notice-Edson-Buddle-on-Fire-in-the-MLS-Video/7134/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edson_Buddle#cite_note-7

    As for Brian Ching, I understand you like his game but he just doesn’t fit with the groups of players the USMNT have plus he is getting older hasn’t really develop much then just playing in the MLS

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  • B&S

    So scoring goals doesn’t fit a team needs nut just holding the ball does I am very confuse I thought the purpose of the game was to score goals not just to hold the ball

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  • Isaac

    How does Ching not fit with the group of players? He and Landon have an excellent chemistry. Jozy himself said that his favorite striker to play alongside was Brian Ching, although that was before he played beside Davies. He’s a physical guy who works hard and has some good quality on the ball like a lot of the national team. What does Gomez being played out of position have ANYTHING to do with injuries?

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  • Isaac

    The USA WONT be able to score any goals if they can’t deal with the physical presence of the opposition and hold possession in an advanced position, which is what Ching specializes at.

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  • patrick

    yes, it is a gamble, but unless you can give me names of players youd be happy to replace those injured, I’m sticking with those guys even if they are on the “comeback trail”. As we’ve seen in the gold cup there is a HUGE drop off after our first 11-13 players. Give me a fit but working back into form holden, davies or ching over kljestan robbie rogers, robbie findley and conor casey. It’s all relative! If we had mo edu Jermaine jones m bradley and rico clark in the pool but say edu was in holden’s position I’d pass, but we DONT have the option to replace these guys. Do you understand/agree with that?

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  • Louis Z

    at this point I would take the x factor, after all, what has Ching done lately. and besides, Altidore can now hold on to the ball, he has played the lone forward position the whole season to know what to do with it. Ching, was known as Mr. Target man, because that is the only thing he did well and was the only that could do it, I think the current roster is better adapt at doing that role, i.e. Altidore and Dempsy, and if Buddle goes, he does it too for the Galaxy.

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  • Adam M.

    Ching is “vitrually unstoppable in the air?” Against which good international side has he proven that ability? He has scored 11 interntional goals since 2004, three of which were in friendlies, and none against Mexico or Costa Rica, none outside of CONCACAF (and it goes without saying, also none in non-MLS club competition. Ching is a marginal player you use as a body when you don’t have the technical ability to possess the ball up front and hope to rely on a once-a-game defensive blunder or lucky bounce, but he has never proven that he can do more against a good team. He’s not a bad player per se, its just that the U.S. international game has passed him.

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  • patrick

    it’s the bill THAT BOB BRADLEY HAS THE TEAM PLAYING UNDER. This isn’t a pick up game, each team comes in with a plan, an idea of how to play. Much of that for the US, is to have a physical large forward that can draw fouls to advance the ball, hold balls to relieve pressure and distribute to keep possession.

    Everyone keeps talking about us playing sexy soccer, WE’RE NOT THERE YET. The goal of the world cup isn’t to be the prettiest, or score the most goals, it is to win the world cup trophy, however possible.

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  • patrick

    can we? really? 10-20 guys? wow you must have QUITE the network of scouts, becasue bob bradley could only find 2 with american passports, ching and casey. Who are these other hold up forwards you speak of? kenny cooper? the getting older every day brian mcbride? eric wynalda, cobi jones?

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