Dynamo striker Will Bruin is in year two of his professional soccer career.
At 22 years of age the future is bright for the young man out of Indiana University.
I spoke with Bruin last night about the challenges of playing in different systems and what it entails.
His interview is the first of a continuing series.
GD: How will the week off from the game benefit you and your teammates?
Bruin: It is a week to get away from the mental grind. It’s good to clear the mind for a weekend to focus on the upcoming game.
GD: How important personally was the goal you scored against Montreal?
Bruin: It was one I needed. I was getting at least one good chance a game and goalkeepers were stopping me. It was nice to get that one from a good cross from Calen Carr. Hopefully it give me more confidence going into these last two games.
GD: I imagine it is different for you as a striker moving in and out of a 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 system?
Bruin: The changing system makes my role different.
In the 4-3-3 my role is to be a target forward basically staying inside and around the eighteen. In the 4-4-2 you can run and force defenders into mistakes while looking to combine off your partner. The transition to the 4-3-3 has helped me evolve as a player.
GD: Are you more of a possession player in the 4-3-3 as at times you can be alone up front?
Bruin: Yes, because the team looks to release pressure by playing in to me. I have to keep the ball and maintain possession.
GD: Which system do you prefer?
Bruin: I like the 4-4-2 but am getting used to the 4-3-3.
I like the 4-4-2 because center backs can focus on me less.
GD: What will make the difference in the final two games of the season?
Bruin: Obviously we need two wins. Organization, communication, staying compact. The simple things are going to be important. We need to get our offense and defense on the same page as they have been off-setting each other.
It’s been kind of a roller coaster.
Note: Will Bruin has led BALD IS BEAUTIFUL and will be a part of KICK CANCER SOCCER CAMPS Dec. 14-16, cccfund.org