The Houston Dynamo announced the signing of defender Bradley Bourgeois as a Homegrown Player on Wednesday, marking the third HGP on the Orange's roster and the eighth in the club's history.
The Cypress, Texas, native joined the Dynamo Academy at the U-16 level in in 2009 and was named Dynamo Academy Players’ Player of the Year in 2011. The Cy-Fair High School graduate went on to become a four-year letter winner at Tulsa University and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. He was named Tulsa’s Defensive Player of the Year for three consecutive years, culminating in the 2015 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year while leading Tulsa to its second straight conference tournament championship.
A center back, Bourgeois started all 81 games in his career with the Golden Hurricane, tallying seven goals and one assist while leading the defense to 25 shutouts.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Bradley,” said Dynamo vice president/general manager Matt Jordan, in a statement. “His development with our academy has been a critical part of his success throughout his collegiate career. He’s a very hard working individual that is eager to improve and grow in our environment.”
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Bourgeois, 21, earned the captain’s armband as a defensive anchor for his Dynamo Academy teams, and appeared in eight matches with the Dynamo Reserves in 2011 and 2012.
“We are very proud of Bradley and his continued development throughout his college career,” said Dynamo director of youth development James Clarkson. “He had an outstanding time in the Academy and is fulfilling all the potential we saw in him. This demonstrates the different paths Academy players have to become a professional.”