BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, April 2, 2010
Houston Dynamo and US National Team forward Brian Ching was subbed out in the first half of the Dynamo's game against Real Salt Lake tonight after suffering a left leg injury.
The Hawaiian-born striker limped off the field and the injury at first appeared to be serious. After the game the injury was diagnosed as a strained left hamstring. The team hopes to have a better idea on Friday of how long Ching will be out.
Ching, if healthy, is widely expected to make the US World Cup roster this summer. In his most recent appearance for the US back in February, Ching entered the game at the half and scored the equalizer and assisted on Sasha Kljestan's injury time winner.
Ching's injury comes at a time when many US players have been working their way back from injury. In recent weeks Clint Dempsey and Benny Feilhaber have returned to action after injuries. Other injured players such as Stuart Holden and Charlie Davies are reporting positive progress in their recovery efforts.
Ching has been capped 44 times by the USMNT and has scored a total of 11 international goals.