Player Details


Will Bruin




6' 2"


194 lbs

Date of Birth

10.24.1989 (33)


St. Louis, USA



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Career Summary


2019 (Seattle): Bruin started four of his nine appearances in 2019, recording 428 minutes. He scored two goals and added one assist, with both goals coming in a 3-2 win over Toronto (April 13). Bruin tore his ACL in a training session in June and was forced to miss the rest of the season.

2018 (Seattle): In his second season in Seattle, Bruin was a steady presence in the attack for Sounders FC, recording seven goals and five assists – his second-highest career assist total – in 29 appearances. Bruin opened his account with a goal and assist in a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City (April 15) before scoring again in a 3-1 win over Minnesota (April 22). He again tallied a goal and assist in a 2-1 road win at Toronto (May 9) before recording his lone brace of the season in a 2-1 win at Colorado (July 4). Weeks later, Bruin scored his most memorable goal of the season, knocking in an extra-time winner after coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 road win over Minnesota (August 4). His final strike of the campaign came against his former team, as the Rave Green earned a 4-1 late-season win vs. Houston (October 8).

2017 (Seattle): In his first season with Sounders FC, Bruin tallied 11 goals with two assists from 30 regular season MLS appearances. The striker scored a season-high two goals in a 4-0 win over FC Dallas (October 15) in the penultimate league match of the season. Bruin’s most prolific run of form came during a nine-match stretch from June 4 – August 5, in which recorded five goals and two assists. In the postseason, he helped lead the club to MLS Cup for the second consecutive campaign with two goals and two assists in five postseason matches. Bruin finished his first season in Seattle as the team’s second-leading scorer, one goal short of Clint Dempsey’s 12 tallies in the regular season.

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).


Bruin has two career caps with the United States, with his first appearance coming as a reserve against Canada on January 29, 2013. 


A three-year standout at Indiana, Bruin scored 33 goals in 66 appearances for the Hoosiers. As a junior in 2010, Bruin recorded a team-high 18 goals and finished second for the MAC Hermann Trophy. He was also a College Soccer News First Team All-American, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big Ten selection. He was selected eleventh overall by Houston in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.


The son of Bill and Eva, Bruin has two brothers, Pat and Daniel. He starred at De Smet Jesuit in St. Louis, which is the same high school as former MLS players Chris Klein and Pat Noonan.


Bruin was acquired via trade on December 23, 2016 from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money.