Bruin headed to MLS

Spoke to Indiana soccer forward Will Bruin, and the junior confirmed internet reports that he will forgo his senior year at IU and did sign a Generation Adidas MLS contract last week.

Bruin, who is among three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy (to be given out Jan. 7) after an 18-goal, five-assist campaign this season, will participate in the MLS Combine Jan. 8-11 with the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13.

“It feels good,” Bruin said of making the decision. “I’m going to miss everything about school and playing college soccer, but I’m also excited at the same time to challenge myself further and take the next step.
“I weighed the pros and cons of saying yes and no. After sitting down with parents and weighing everything, a gut feeling just told me it was time.”

Bruin’s contract is three years guaranteed with two option years, and includes an educational grant to allow him to finish his degree.

“Without that, I probably wouldn’t have gone,” Bruin said.


  1. Bruin and every American footballer. First touch is the most importing attacking skill and the majority of Americans are lacking there. It drives me crazy!

  2. Congratulations Will. Best of luck on your new job. You deserve it. Go out there and represent Indiana well.

  3. Bierkieser, Gongora: I assume you know that your advice should include the admonition about ‘touch’ and ‘first’ touch you should also counsel Mr. Bruin to watch soccer from Brazil, Argentina or Uruguay while ignoring what he may see from England, Germany or France. I won’t include Spain or Italy because most of their ‘class’ players come from the South American countries anyway.

    One more piece of advice from the great Garrincha…”once in a while, lift your head and see the field”…good luck Mr. Bruin…

  4. Wow. I had no idea that college soccer players left early to go pro. I knew Bruin was talented, but consider me further educated. Glad to see an educational grant was part of the package. Good luck.

  5. Congrats Will. Best of luck on continuing to be a beast in the MLS. Will only needs one first touch all match: shoulder to defender’s face. The rest kind of takes care of itself.

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