When the Houston Dynamo traded up to grab Indiana striker Will Bruin the deal looked like another shrewd move by head coach Dom Kinnear. A month and a half into his rookie season, Bruin is making Kinnear and the Dynamo look like geniuses.
Bruin has slid right into the Houston starting lineup and been a force, scoring four goals and proving to be a handful for opposing defenses. His hat-trick in Friday's 4-1 win against D.C. United last Friday was worthy of MLS Player of the Week honors, but also solidified his place as the top rookie in Major League Soccer for the month of April.
Bruin was the clear choice ahead of fellow rookies A.J. Soares of New England, C.J. Sapong of Sporting Kansas City, Jalil Anibaba of the Chicago Fire, Rich Balchan of the Columbus Crew and Perry Kitchen of D.C. United, all candidates who should challenge Bruin for MLS Rookie of the Year honors.
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