HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Ching had a frustrating week, to say the least.
Ching was snubbed from the U.S. national team's World Cup roster on Wednesday, and his return to the Houston Dynamo was spoiled on a last-minute goal by Philadelphia on Saturday.
Ching, who entered as a second half sub and scored his first goal of the season in the 52nd minute against the Union, was only concerned about the Dynamo afterward. He didn't even mentioned being left off the World Cup squad that left Sunday for South Africa.
"I am extremely disappointed," Ching said earlier in the week. "I worked very hard to put myself into a good position, and that's all I could have done."
Injuries played a role in why Ching was left off the U.S. roster. He strained his left hamstring in the Dynamo's home opener April 1, and strained his left calf during recovery.
"Obviously, in the comments the coaches made the injuries factored in unfortunately, but I feel great, I'm 100 percent," Ching said. "I am extremely proud of the way that I played and the effort I gave over four years and my contributions to the team."
Ching said he thinks it's unrealistic he will be back trying to make the World Cup squad in 2014, but it's too soon to say.
"Maybe I will have a resurgence in the next couple years, but at this point, I'm not saying its an end to my international career," he said. "Right now, I just have to wish them well. I wish I could be with them. I wish them all the best, and I think they will do well."
Dynamo fans showed their support of Ching and disappointment in his World Cup snub by wearing orange and white leis, in honor of his Hawaiian heritage.
Ching's concentration now is on the Dynamo and winning games.
"I was happy to get the ball in the net, but if you look at the scheme of things, we lost and that's the most important stat to me," Ching said.