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Dynamo forward Will Bruin named MLS Player of the Week

NEW YORK Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 7 of the 2011 MLS season. Bruin scored a hat trick in the Dynamo s 4-1 victory over D.C. United.

Bruin, aged 21 years, 187 days last Friday, becomes the second youngest player in league history to record a hat trick. He is also the first player of 2011 to record a hat trick, the first rookie this season to be named Player of the Week, and the fourth rookie in league history to score a hat trick.

Bruin and the Dynamo return to action Wednesday night, hosting the Colorado Rapids at Robertson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available, with a $5 Cinco de Dynamo discount, at HoustonDynamo.com and by calling (713) 276-GOAL.

Last Friday, Bruin put the Dynamo ahead in the fourth minute after Geoff Cameron stole the ball in the D.C. half. Cameron slotted a pass behind the D.C. backline, putting in Bruin alone to face goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Bruin coolly fired a low shot inside the near-post for the 1-0 lead.

With the game tied 1-1 in the 41st minute, Cameron sent Brad Davis into the left corner with a through ball. Reaching the ball just before it reached the end line, Davis delivered a curling cross to Bruin, who beat his marker for an emphatic header into the net.

In the 57th minute, Bruin connected on another Davis cross to complete his hat trick. Davis lined up to take a free kick on the left flank. In a crowded penalty area, Bruin timed his leap perfectly and smashed a header just beneath the crossbar, offering Hamid no chance.

Bruin was selected 11th overall by Houston at the 2011 MLS SuperDraft after scoring 33 goals in 66 games at Indiana University. He was a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Award as a junior. He has four goals this season for Houston.

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