Forward Will Bruin continues to shine for Dynamo’s offense
Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dynamo forward Will Bruin continues to shine offensively, helping Houston hold on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Houston settled for 1-1 draw Saturday night against the Montreal Impact at BBVA Compass Stadium, with Bruin scoring a key goal for the Dynamo.
The 22-year-old Bruin shattered a scoreless draw in the 44th after both teams traded early attempts in this vital contest which has playoff implications.
Houston winger Calen Carr, who has been active all throughout the game, shredded the Impact defense and then set up Bruin’s goal to give host team a 1-0 edge just before halftime.
It was 12th goal of the season for Bruin, who currently lead the Dynamo in goals scored.
Bruin is a goal shy of matching Brian Ching’s regular season franchise mark, set in 2008.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Bruin, selected by the Dynamo with No. 11 pick of 2011 MLS SuperDraft, has started in 30 of Houston’s 31 games this season. He has also logged four assists, 76 shots and 35 shots on goal in 2,420 minutes of play.
The former University of Indian Hoosier standout tallied five goals and an assist in 25 game played (21 starts) for the Dynamo in 2010.
Bruin’s effort helped earn a precious point for the Dynamo (13-8-11), who are in fifth place in the East with 50 points.
It enabled the Dynamo, who have two games left, to put some distance with closest competitor Columbus, who trailed Houston by two points entering Sunday.
Eddie Gaven’s goal at stoppage time Sunday helped the Crew salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at Crew Stadium.
The Dynamo came into Saturday’s match at 10-0-5 at home this season. They will become the fourth team in Major League Soccer history to complete an unbeaten home schedule in the event they win or draw their remaining regular season home game.
Meanwhile, the loss eliminated the expansion Impact from playoff contention.
Montreal (12-15-5) has amassed 41 points through 32 of its first 34 matches in Major League Soccer.