Flopping frustrates Dynamo
The New England Revolution came to BBVA Compass Stadium and earned three points – an impressive feat for any team, let alone one that had scored just six times in their first ten games of 2013. The manner in which New England secured those three points, however, came under serious fire from one of Houston’s more reserved – and respected – players.
Brian Ching – who represented the U.S. 45 times during his international career – voiced his displeasure with what the Dynamo forward called "theatrics" from the visiting side during Houston’s 2-0 loss Saturday night.
“Teams have figured out they can come in here and get away with the theatrics,” Ching said in a postgame press conference. “I think it is something the league should look into. Give our guys credit, the other teams come in here and they must feel they need to play that way to get a result.”
Ching didn’t stop there.
“They’re diving on the ground when they’re not hurt, [Juan] Agudelo grabbed his face when I ran into him,” he continued. “Basically my message to them was, be men. You guys are up 2-0, you guys scored two goals on us and you don’t need to be wasting time and you don’t need to be rolling around on the ground like you’ve been shot.”
The veteran of 12 MLS seasons, who - despite his substitute role remains a leader in the Dynamo locker room – left little doubt about how such radical "gamesmanship" is viewed within the Houston dressing room.
“A guy on our team rolls around on the ground hurt, he gets made fun of and he gets told to get up, basically,” said the 34-year-old. “I’m embarrassed. It should be up to the guys on their team, the veterans, to stand up and be men. Teach these guys how to play the right way.”
Seated a few feet from Ching, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear was quick to follow-up on his striker’s thoughts.
“There’s two parts to it,” Kinnear explained. “There’s the individual himself and how much respect he has for the game and then it is up to the officiating crew to make sure that things don’t get too loose out there.”