The Houston Dynamo have acquired General and Targeted Allocation Money from Seattle Sounders FC in a trade for forward Will Bruin, the club announced today. Seattle will open their 2017 season this year at Houston.
One day after trading for offensive-minded midfielder Harry Shipp, the Seattle Sounders have added more attacking pedigree with their acquisition of Bruin, whom they described as a bruising and powerful striker, 6-foot-2, 195-pound
The Sounders will look for production up front in head coach Brian Schmetzer’s 4-2-3-1 formation, especially with the club not exercising its 2017 option on Nelson Valdez. The move for Bruin also gives Schmetzer the option to employ Jordan Morris on the wing like Schmetzer did in the late stages of 2016.
Bruin, 27, played in 178 Major League Soccer contests since joining the Dynamo as a first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft in 2011, starting 152, and scored 50 goals in league play for the club. In 2016, Bruin played in 31 games with 18 starts where he scored four goals and tallied three assists.
“We’d like to sincerely thank Will for all of his contributions to the Dynamo over the last six years,” said Dynamo Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “He is not only a good player, but has been an outstanding representative of the club in our community, and we wish him well in this next step in his career.”
Bruin scored a franchise-record 16 goals in all competitions in 2012 and holds the club record for most postseason goals with four in 2012. The St. Louis native scored more than 10 goals in three of his six years in Houston, a club record. With 46 goals in his first five seasons, Bruin scored the sixth-most goals in Major League Soccer in that span.
At the international level, Bruin has earned two caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team and made his debut on Jan. 29, 2013 as a substitute against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo selected the Indiana University product with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Bruin played three seasons in Bloomington and scored 18 goals in his final campaign en route to being named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann trophy.