Local Boy May Not Be Biggest Star In Soccer Tournament

Brian Ching
Brian Ching

Hawaii soccer fans are getting a big kick this week. The inaugural Pan Pacific soccer championship is Wednesday and Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Four top teams from around the world are facing off. Two from America, one from Australia, and one from Japan.

Kamehameha grad Brian Ching is here. Even though he's the local boy, there is another guy who could be even more popular.

The Houston Dynamo arrive in Honolulu, ready to face off against some of the world's best.

"This is a great tournament, no matter where you are in the world," said Ching. "This is gonna be high level soccer, and this is something definitely I'd come out to see, even if I wasn't a soccer fan."

The tournament -- a homecoming for Ching, who hasn't played in front of his home crowd for 12-years.

"It's been, ever since high school," said Ching. "So to be able to come back and bring my teammates here, it's something special, and hopefully we can put on a good show."

How can it not. Ching's dynamo won the last two MLS Cups. The teams from Australia and Japan also won their leagues. And there's the Los Angeles Galaxy, featuring the guy known around the world as Becks.

"We're looking forward to going to Hawaii," said David Beckham, the Galaxy's midfielder. "It's my first time there, so I'm looking forward to seeing them, and like getting into the games."

"He's kinda like the Brad Pitt of soccer," said Ching. "He's done tremendous for the MLS already. He's brought a lot of attention to us, and he's a good player as well. So definitely somebody i'd pay money to go see."

If Beckham is Brad Pitt, who does Ching consider himself?

"I'm just an extra," he laughed.

Mr. and Mrs. Beckham -- and the Galaxy -- are scheduled to arrive in Honolulu Monday. Games are Wednesday and Saturday nights at Aloha Stadium.

Tickets are still for sale.