Will Bruin, Seattle Sounders

will-bruin-houston-dynamoCurrent Club: Seattle Sounders
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

International
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

PROFESSIONAL
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.

2017 March 14 – Bruin scores first goal for Seattle

2015 August – Team of the Week

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
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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)
Year Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
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

2016 (Houston Dynamo): In his final year with the Dynamo, Bruin scored four goals and added three assists in 31 league matches. He scored a season-high two goals against the New York Red Bulls (March 19). In a three-match stretch from March 6 – March 19, Bruin recorded three goals and two assists, including a two-goal effort six minutes apart against the New York Red Bulls (March 19). In six seasons with the Dynamo Bruin scored 50 goals, which ranks second in club history behind Brian Ching. He added another six goals in the postseason, most recently appearing in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.

2015 (Houston Dynamo): Scoring double-digit goals for the second-straight season, Bruin recorded 11 goals and four assists in a career-high 33 matches. Over a five-match stretch from May 10 – June 5, Bruin scored six goals.

2014 (Houston Dynamo): Making 24 starts in 27 league appearances, Bruin scored 10 goals and added one assist. In the season-opener, Bruin scored two goals and added an assist against the New England Revolution (March 8).

2013 (Houston Dynamo): In his third season with the Texas-based club, Bruin started each of his 30 MLS appearances. Bruin recorded a career-high seven assists along with eight goals. Against D.C. United, Bruin tallied two goals and two assists (May 8). In the postseason, he added two goals.

2012 (Houston Dynamo): The forward set a career-high with 12 goals in his second season, including a stretch of four goals in three matches from April 15 – April 28. He started 31 of his 32 MLS appearances and added four assists. In the postseason, Bruin started all six matches and recorded four goals and two assists.

2011 (Houston Dynamo): In his rookie campaign, Bruin scored five goals and had one assist in 25 matches. His first career MLS goal came on April 10 against Vancouver, then Bruin tallied a hat-trick against D.C. United in seventh career match (April 29).

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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