Brian Ching will be back in Houston for the 2012 MLS season.
The standoff between Houston and Montreal finally resulted in Ching's release Thursday and one-way ticket to Dynamo country, less than a month before the start of the MLS season.
Montreal will receive as compensation a conditional first-round draft pick in the 2013 SuperDraft.
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear weighed in on the transaction, “I am very happy to have Brian back with the team. This is a very important year for the Dynamo, and if anyone deserves to be involved with the team, it’s Brian.”
Ching is one of the original Dynamo players. His 63 Houston goals is a club record.
“It’s been a long and difficult process over the last few months, but we’re happy that ultimately we got the right result and Brian will be a part of the club again,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said.
Montreal was was not as excited about the decision, but optimistic.
"We have made this decision based on reasons that we felt were beneficial for both the desires and needs of our club and the wishes of Brian Ching," Impact head coach Jesse Marsch said in a statement. "We wish him luck on his return to Houston and thank him for his commitment and professionalism while a member of our organization."
Ching was limited to 20 games last season due to injury. But ask Houston fans if they care. Pull out those orange No. 25 jerseys from the bottom of the drawer, You'll need them again.