Will Bruin has second-most goals in first four MLS seasons by a player who entered the league as a rookie
Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin scored his 34th career regular-season goal in Friday’s 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. Bruin is now one goal from equaling Clint Mathis for the most goals in the first four MLS seasons by a player who entered the league as a rookie*. (Note courtesy the Elias Sports Bureau, Official Statistician of Major League Soccer.)
With two more goals this season, Bruin would break Mathis’ mark and set a new benchmark for young players in MLS. Bruin is already in good company in the four-year club, which includes Mathis, Jeff Cunningham, Robbie Findley and Scott Sealy.
*The rookie classification includes players eligible for the Rookie of the Year award in their first season. Rookies have no prior professional experience before entering MLS.
|Player||Goals in first four seasons*||Years||Career MLS goals|
*Includes regular-season goals only
Mathis made 46 appearances for the U.S. national team and scored a memorable opening goal in a 1-1 draw against co-host South Korea at the 2002 World Cup. He scored 61 career MLS goals (including 16 in 2000) and is currently an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire.
Cunningham scored 32 goals in his first four seasons with the Columbus Crew (1998-01). He scored 134 career regular-season goals to set the MLS record in 2011, before it was surpassed by Landon Donovan this season. Cunningham scored eight of more goals in 10 of 14 MLS seasons, with a career-best 17 in 2009.
Findley scored 31 goals in his first four seasons in MLS (2007-10) and set a career-high with 12 in 2009. Findley made three appearances at the 2010 World Cup and is in his second season back with Real Salt Lake after three seasons in England.
Taylor and the Dynamo have kept a clean sheet in two of the last three games, both home wins.
The Jamaica international was also named to the SI.com Team of the Week.
The Dynamo continue their 12-game run against Eastern Conference foes on Saturday with a road game against the Columbus Crew (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN Plus).
Go behind the scenes of Friday's 2-0 win over the Union with TunnelVision from Dynamo TV.
A new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, will air tonight on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Listen in as Matt Pedersen fills in for Glenn Davis. Interviews include Dynamo defender AJ Cochran, Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum, Dynamo director of youth development James Clarkson, Philadelphia Union midfielder Danny Cruz and soccer writer Steve Davis. Call in and give your thoughts on the Dynamo's recent road trip to Seattle and Friday's pivotal home game against Philadelphia.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Brad Davis and Giles Barnes preview Friday's home matchup against the Philadelphia Union.
Dynamo rookie defender AJ Cochran spent last week in the Bahamas, but insted of a vacation he was playing with the U.S. U-23 Men's National Team in a short training camp and match against the Bahamas' senior side.
Randy Waldrum and Meghan Klingenberg preview the season finale this weekend against the Boston Breakers.