MLS Regular Season
On a night when the 2011 Houston Dynamo took another positive step with a 4-1 win against D.C. United, the club looked back and acknowledged a big part of its championship pedigree.
The first hat trick of the 2011 MLS season was the work of a rookie and he reaped the rewards on Monday.
Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin, the No. 11 pick in the 2011 SuperDraft, scored three times against D.C. United on Friday night to earn the MLS Player of the Week award as voted by the North American Soccer Reporters.
Rookie forward Will Bruin had a weekend to remember. He scored the first hat trick of his professional career in a game televised nationally on FOX Soccer and FOX Deportes, he was the No. 5 play of the night on ESPN's SportsCenter, and he brought in more than $200 at a bachelor auction to raise money for teammate Danny Cruz's charitable cause on Saturday night. Not a bad weekend at all.
Dynamo rookie forward Will Bruin netted three goals tonight in the Dynamo's 4-1 win over D.C. United. Bruin became the first Dynamo rookie in team history to score three goals.
Visits to Houston have never been easy for D.C. United.
The team hasn’t won in six previous trips to Robertson Stadium, and heading into Friday evening’s Eastern Conference clash, D.C. is readying itself for yet another tough matchup.
“It’s never easy to play in Houston,” midfielder Chris Pontius said. “They’re a physical team that has definitely a style of play that’s very direct. We’ve got to be tuned in mentally; they’re a team that likes to pick up a lot of second balls, and we have to win those battles.”
The Houston Dynamo are enjoying a resurgence of form in 2011, and part of the reason is they've been taking full advantage of one of their strengths: Brad Davis.
The left-sided midfielder has been an integral part of the Dynamo attack for a number of years in both the run of play and on set-pieces. He's considered one of the top ball-strikers in MLS, and his ability to provide service to teammates is unmatched around the league.
The Houston Dynamo return home for FOX Soccer Friday, when they play host to D.C. United at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo are riding a five-game unbeaten streak, coming off a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire last weekend. D.C. United are coming off a 4-0 home loss to the New York Red Bulls, which canceled out a big win in Toronto the week before.