For the second straight day, the Sounders have made a trade to acquire a player to add depth to the squad. This time Seattle made a trade for Will Bruin with the Houston Dynamo in exchange for general allocation money and targeted allocation money.
The six-year MLS veteran has spent his entire career with the Dynamo. In his six years there Bruin appeared in 178 games, with 152 of those being starts. He scored 50 goals for Houston and assisted on 20 others. He is second on Houston’s all-time goal scoring list.
At 27, Bruin should have quite a few more years left under his belt. He would be a great addition off the bench late in games. He is well versed in getting behind defenses and creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
“Will is a known commodity as a consistent goalscorer that we believe can immediately bolster our attack,” said Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Coupled with yesterday’s acquisition of Harry Shipp, we’re excited about the impact that these two young and proven players can bring next season.”
Personally, I’m not sure how good his hold up game is compared to Nelson Valdez but I like the move. He’s younger and he’s a proven goalscorer. He had a bit of an off year in 2016 with only four goals in 31 appearances (18 starts) for a poor Houston team. He has scored double digit goals in three of his six years.
"Will is a good player who brings a unique skillset to our team," said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. "I'm looking forward to welcoming both him and Harry Shipp to Seattle and seeing how they compete within our existing group of players."
One last little nugget for you. The Sounders open the season on the road in Houston. Maybe Bruin can help lead the Sounders to their first ever win in Houston.
Will Bruin MLS Stats