Ralston Scores in Brian Ching Testimonial

Former New England Revolution star Steve Ralston scored for the White Team, but the Orange Team prevailed 6-4 in the Brian Ching Testimonial Match – the first such match in MLS history – at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.

Ralston tallied in the 32nd minute, and helped set up the first goal of the game, which was scored by Calen Carr on the 8th minute. But it was Ching himself who owned the night by collecting five goals in the charity event.

In addition to Ralston, former Revolution center back Ryan Cochrane featured for the orange team, while former Boston College product Charlie Davies came off the bench. Recently-retired goalkeeper Matt Reis, who was originally slated to play in Friday’s proceedings before a left quadriceps injury kept him from playing, served as a coach for the White Team.

The match was divided into 35-minute halves to accomodate the large contingent of the players who were not at full fitness or had played their last competitive match years ago.

Among the more well-known participants were Landon Donovan, who took Reis’ spot between the sticks, 2012 Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski, 2011 MVP Dwayne DeRosario, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, and former Dynamo keeper Pat Onstad. Stuart Holden, who played for the Dynamo from 2006-09, served as a coach for the White Team.

All of the proceeds from Friday’s testimonial went to The House That Ching Built, which benefits Habitat for Humanity.

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Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com