Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo

will-bruin-houston-dynamoCurrent Club: Houston Dynamo
College: Indiana Hoosiers
High School: DeSmet Spartans
Club: St Louis Scott Gallagher

Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birth Date: 10-24-1989
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Twitter: @wbruin

2013 June – Bruin, 23, returns to the national team after participating in his first senior national team camp in January and earning his first cap in a friendly against Canada on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

2013 June – Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin named to U.S. national team roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup
2013 June – US Soccer Klinsmann Names 23-Player Roster to Compete in 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2013 January – Player Bio as he earns his first call up to the January Camp
2013 January 7 Creve Coeur Patch

Will is a forward for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer (MLS) who began his career in 2011. Described by the Dynamo as a powerful forward and Rookie of the Year candidate, selected with No. 11 pick of 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

2015 March 6 Bruin is itching for the season to start
“It’s that inner drive within each guy, you want to be in that eleven and you want to reward your teammates and yourself with a win,” said Bruin.

2014 March 11 MLS Defenses Should Fear Will Bruin

The most important attribute for a striker is not their ability to convert opportunities into goals, it’s the ability to get themselves into high-efficiency goalscoring situations in the system they are deployed. That’s certainly good news for Houston, as Bruin’s league-leading ability to latch onto big chances make him a striker to fear in 2014.

2014 March 10 – Bruin named to MLS Soccer Team of the Week

2014 March 8 – Will Bruin named Man of the Match for Dynamo opener vs New England

2014 March 6 – Will Bruin brushes off shaky 2013 form to focus on all-around game

While Bruin missed his share of chances in 2013, he still amassed 31 total goals in his first three seasons, second only to Brian Ching (36), who was in his prime, for goals scored in their first three years with the club. That number is 11 ahead of C.J. Sapong for most in his 2011 draft class as well.

2014 February 28 – Dynamo Season Preview

How good are you, Will Bruin? This is pretty much it for Bruin, who looked like he was set to become one of the league’s best center forwards after the 2012 season but is now kind of an afterthought in the MLS striker hierarchy. He made undeniable progress both in finding scoring opportunities and in creating chances last year, but if he can’t hit for 12-15 goals (or more), that puts a ceiling on what the Dynamo can do.

2014 February – Bruin Primed to step into Leadership Role
2013 June – Bruin, 23, is tied for the team lead with four goals in 2013 after he set a franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions last year. Bruin is also tied for the club lead with four assists, matching a career-high set in 2012.

Bruin has 21 goals in 72 career regular season appearances with the Dynamo. He set a franchise record for goals in a single postseason with four in the 2012 playoffs. Additionally, Bruin became the first Dynamo player to score two goals and distribute two assists in a single game in Houston’s 4-0 victory over D.C. United on May 8. The 6-foot-2 forward from Indiana University participated in the U.S. U-23 camp in December 2011 after his rookie season.

2013 January 1 – Dynamo Theory Will Bruin is Dynamo Forward of the Year
2012 July 18 – Bruin learns from rocky 2011 with sophomore scoring tear
2012 July 3 – St Louisan Bruin Shines in MLS
2012 June 27 – Bruin’s Swag contributing to red hot scoring pace
2012 June – How Will Bruin is Changing Dynamo History
2012 June 20 – MLS Rising Star
2011 November 16 – Q & A with Will Bruin
Houston Dynamo – Google Page

Career Statistics (2013 June 28)
2013 Houston Dynamo 15 15 4 1275 4 45 13 15 4 0 0
2012 Houston Dynamo 32 31 12 2510 4 78 35 14 12 1 0
2011 Houston Dynamo 25 21 5 1693 1 54 23 18 9 1 0
Career Totals 72 67 21 5478 9 177 71 47 25 2 0

2011 MLS: Netted five goals to tie for lead among all MLS rookies while appearing in club-rookie-record 25 games, including a dominating hat trick against D.C. United … Dynamo Young Player of the Year … Became first Dynamo rookie to start on Opening Day in 1-0 loss vs. PHI on 3/19 … Set up Cam Weaver’s game-tying goal with a header to earn first professional assist in 1-1 tie at NY on 4/2 … Scored first professional goal with left foot after rounding goalkeeper to seal 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10 … Became fifth player and first rookie in Dynamo history to score a hat trick in 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29 … In the process, became second youngest player in MLS history and fourth MLS rookie to ever score three goals in a game … Named MLS Player of the Week for his performance … Taken down in penalty area for penalty kick to set up first goal in 2-2 tie vs. NY on 5/21 … Left match with knee injury in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30 … Returned to first-team action in friendly vs. Monterrey on 9/4 and started MLS match at CLB on 9/14 … Scored late game-winning goal as substitute in 2-1 win vs. SJ on 9/17 … Playoffs: Made postseason debut by playing 14 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 win at PHI on 10/30 … Also appeared as a substitute in second leg on 11/3 and Eastern Conference final on 11/6 to help Dynamo reach MLS Cup final … Open Cup: Came on as a substitute to play 37 minutes and create some of Houston’s best chances in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6 as Dynamo were eliminated in qualifying round … Reserves: Played in five reserve games and ranked second on team with two goals, adding an assist … Made first reserve appearance of season as substitute on 6/7 and helped Houston pull out 1-0 win vs. COL … Also appeared while recovering from knee injury in 3-0 loss at COL on 9/1 … Played 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at FCD on 9/25 … Scored twice in first half to key 3-0 win vs. first-place CHI on 10/1 … Set up second goal in 2-0 win at KC on 10/18.

COLLEGE: Played three seasons at Indiana University … 2010: College Soccer News first team all-American … M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist … Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year … First team all-Big Ten … Started 20 games and scored 18 goals with five assists … 2009: First team all-Big Ten … Second team NSCAA All-Great Lakes region … Started 22 games and scored nine goals with four assists … 2008: Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten all-Freshman team … Started 24 games and scored six goals in his freshman season.

will-bruin-desmet-spartansAMATEUR: Played soccer at De Smet Jesuit … Holds the De Smet Jesuit career goals scored record with 102 … Two-time NSCAA all-American … 2007 Missouri State Soccer Player of the Year.

YOUTH: Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

PERSONAL: Born in St. Louis, MO … Parents are Bill and Eva Bruin … Has two brothers, Pat (25) and Daniel (16) … Fitness specialist major … Admires NBA star LeBron James … Lists Kenny Chesney among his favorite artists … Favorite movie is Wedding Crashers … Enjoys playing golf and video games in his spare time.

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