Maybe it the memory of his goal against Colorado last Fourth of July. Perhaps it was his, uhh, uniquely festive tweet this afternoon.
Or even if there was no concrete reason, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter: Will Bruin scored two goals and the Sounders secured three sorely needed points in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday evening.
“There was a lot of fluidity,” Bruin told Steve Zakuani after the match on the broadcast. “We were patient…We waited for our moments to go, and it worked.”
Bruin, who leads the team with five goals to go along with four assists, opened the scoring in the 19th minute. At the top of the area, midfielder Víctor Rodríguez sent a pass that was deflected directly to Bruin, who sent a calm shot into the far post.
“I have been working with Preki on having more composure in the box, and I kind of just slid it into the corner,” Bruin said.
After Colorado found an equalizer, the Sounders went to halftime tied 1-1. In the 58th minute, the second-year Sounder scored his second goal of the evening. Midfielder Cristian Roldan won a ball at the top of the 18, then immediately found Rodríguez to his left. Rodríguez sent a looping ball to Bruin, who was running behind the back line. The forward collected the pass and sent a strike into the bottom left corner of the net.
“We pressed, got the turnover, Víctor played a good ball, and [I] just tried to get it down and finish it,” Bruin said.
That’s all the Rave Green needed as the Sounders kept Colorado scoreless for the final 30 minutes. With a crucial three points and some confidence, the squad heads to New England for a match against the Revolution on Saturday (4:30 p.m. PT; JOEtv, YouTube TV, Univision-Seattle, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).
“It’s a quick turnaround to New England, so we have to be realistic with it,” Bruin added. “We are still not where we want to be, but it’s something we can build on.”