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Houston Dynamo Lose With 10 Men, But New Star is Born

Mark Sherrod Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer MLS Real Salt Lake

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

When the name Will Bruin is spoken, every single Houston Dynamo fan jumps up in joy as he is their most dominant striker. However, in today’s MLS match at home against Real Salt Lake, he was unavailable, so they had to field a new kid on the block that made his first career start in MLS. He knew that he had to fill in some big shoes, but he did not let the pressure get to him. The MLS rookie Mark Sherrod proved to himself and the world that young talent in the U.S. can be brilliant.

The youngster scored a brace against last season’s MLS Cup finalists without even batting an eyelash. He even had a chance for a hat trick that would have tied up the game when he chested down a cross then volleyed well over from a tough angle. Even with that miss, the 23-year-old showed that he is brave and will put it all on the line no matter who his side come up against.

If Bruin had played in this game, you can bet that he would have found the back of the net, but even with the inexperience of the rookie, two goals on a debut start is more than impressive. He proved that he can play in this league right after the college level and has a bright future under coach Dom Kinnear as he is already playing the right way by not dribbling too much, simplifying the game and not wasting any chances or time in front of frame. He will be something to keep on watching.

The final score was 5-2 in RSL’s favor with the highlights of the game being as follows: Servando Carrasco ejection for Houston in the 27th minute, Nick Rimando saving a penalty kick and Javier Morales netting a hat-trick for RSL to help them grab their first ever win in Houston.