Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Brian Ching's oh so secret plan for making the World Cup

Brian Ching thinks he knows the secret to getting on the US World Cup squad, score some goals.

"I think it (scoring) is pretty important," Ching said. "I'm not going to feel like I have to, but I definitely want to."

Who would have ever guessed that scoring goals as a forward could help your case for the national team.

All kidding aside, Bruce Arena will probably bring 4 forwards to Germany. As long as Brian McBride is healthy, he is a lock. Arena could move Donovan to the forward position, but, as the article correctly points out, he has spent more time in the midfield of late, so that should leave three forward spots open.

Ching's competition for those three spots are Eddie Johnson, Taylor Twellman and Josh Wolff. The good news for Ching, he has looked better then all three of these players during the first few weeks of MLS play. Johnson had a good first game, but has been absent for the rest and Twellman and Wolff are lingering in drag city. Could it be that Ching is handling the pressure of making the roster better then his MLS comrades?

"I really want it to happen but if it doesn't I'm not going to be crushed," Ching said. "Getting a win with the team is my first priority right now."

That is the type of quote that you believe coming out of a player like Ching. He is focused on getting it done for his club. If he can do that, it will be hard for Bruce to deny him a ticket to Germany.

Update: The plan worked.


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