The Seattle Sounders FC soccer club continued their offseason rebuild Friday morning by acquiring striker Will Bruin, 27, from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for targeted and general allocation money. On Thursday the Sounders added midfielder Harry Schipp from the Montreal Impact in exchange for general allocation money.
“Will is a known commodity as a consistent goalscorer that we believe can immediately bolster our attack,” said Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Coupled with yesterday’s acquisition of Harry Shipp, we’re excited about the impact that these two young and proven players can bring next season. I see Shipp filling in Ivanschitz’s role, Bruin filling in for Valdez. Evans can cover for Mears if he doesn’t come back.”
According to Lagerwey the team has had conversations with Erik Friberg and Tyrone Mears regarding their return to the team next year.
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The addition of the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bruin will enable Sounders head coach to place MLS Rookie of the year Jordan Morris on the wing where he can use his speed and skill to run at defenders. Bruin a proven goal scorer in MLS has spent his entire six-year career in Houston, amassing 50 goals and 20 assists in 178 regular-season games and another six goals in 13 postseason matches. He tallied four times and added three assists in 18 starts in 2016.