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Several months of posturing have led to a compromise in the tug-of-war between the Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo in the battle for Brian Ching.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Impact are dealing Ching to the Dynamo for a conditional draft pick. Ching is also taking a paycut in the trade that should help the Dynamo create some space on its salary cap.
In the final analysis, the Dynamo have made out like bandits in the trade because the deal effectively means Houston could wind up freeing up cap space the size of a major allocation (from $100K to $200K) for a conditional draft pick.
It is difficult to call the trade a victory for the Impact considering the other players Montreal could have had in the expansion draft. That may be a bit of 20/20 hindsight though, as it is clear Montreal made the move with the hopes of prying more from Houston, like say Canadian defender Andre Hainault.
Now, the Dynamo get back the talismanic striker who will serve as club captain for what is expected to be his final season as a player.