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- DOB October 24, 1989
- Age 24
- Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri
- POSITION Forward
- HEIGHT 6'2"
- WEIGHT 195
- U.S. CAPS 2
- CLUB Houston Dynamo
- TWITTER @wbruin (124K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 62
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 57
- ASN QUESTIONNAIRE Read now
Some players rely on their size. Some are all about their touch. Will Bruin delivers a compelling combination of the two.
The 6-foot-2 target forward honed his game at Scott Gallagher's youth academy in St. Louis—an area that produced Brian McBride and Taylor Twellman—and continues to learn from Dominic Kinnear and Brian Ching. Bruin isn't afraid to throw his head into the mixer or beat a guy with skill. It's helped him become one of MLS's most promising, and prolific, young scorers.The athletic Midwesterner is a long shot at best for a spot in Brazil, and he’ll need to blow Klinsmann away in the limited opportunities he gets in the Gold Cup to even enter the conversation. Of course, every World Cup squad needs goals, though, so if Bruin shines in the Gold Cup and continues to play well up until next summer, a trip to Brazil won’t be completely impossible.
Bruin spent three years at Indiana University, finishing second to Darlington Nagbe in the 2012 Herman Trophy voting before jumping to MLS. The Dynamo snapped up the Generation Adidas signee with the 11th pick of the 2011 SuperDraft. Bruin made an immediate impact, starting the season opener and appearing in 25 games. He netted a hat trick against D.C. United that year and scored five goals on the season.
Bruin promised to be more consistent in 2012 and has made good on that claim. "I think the biggest difference between this year and last is that [now] I look at things like [they’re] not good enough," Bruin told Goal.com in July 2012. "I want teams to focus on me and say, 'He's going to be an offensive threat.' I want to stay as a consistent goal scorer on an every-game basis." He has proved his worth and is among the league leaders in goals.
As he moves up the depth chart among American strikers, Bruin continues to be a handful for MLS defenses. "I think I bring both aspects, the physical part and the finesse part, to the game," he told Sporting News. "So I can go either way with both of those. I don’t prefer one or the other. A goal is a goal."
Noteworthy ReadsDynamo Rookie Forward Bruin Getting Noticed Despite Lack of International Credentials (SportingNews.com)
Houston's Will Bruin Is Emerging as a Prolific Scorer in MLS (Goal.com)