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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:13 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Ching to play with U.S. national team in exhibition

Advertiser News Services

Hale'iwa's Brian Ching was one of three San Jose Earthquakes players who were called up to the United States National Team today for for an exhibition soccer match against Poland July 11 at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Forwards Landon Donovan and Ching and midfielder Brian Mullan were among 18 selected for the U.S. team.

The match will be televised live on ESPN2.

Donovan, Ching and Mullan will join the National Team after the Quakes July 7 match-up against Dallas at Spartan Stadium. The trio will miss the Quakes July 10 game vs. the MetroStars.

Ching, a 26-year-old Kamehameha alum, will make his second appearance with the U.S. National Team.

In 2003, Ching came on as a sub on May 26 against Wales at Spartan Stadium to earn his first cap. Before he could get another opportunity with the national team, Ching ruptured his Achilles tendon on Aug. 16 and was lost for the season. Ching has come back strong in 2004, scoring seven goals and notching one assist to lead MLS in scoring through June.

The full roster:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Manchester United, England), Zach Thornton

Defenders: Chris Albright (Los Angeles), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Cory Gibbs (Dallas), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado), Eddie Pope (MetroStars)

Midfielders: Chris Armas (Chicago), DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago), Bobby Convey (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (San Jose), Eddie Gaven (MetroStars), Brian Mullan (San Jose), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City)

Forwards: Brian Ching (San Jose), Brian McBride (Fulham, England), Josh Wolff (Kansas City).