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Seattle Sounders forward Will Bruin ready for impact season in new two-forward formation

After a lengthy offseason, one that was long on time but short on match reps, it was business as usual for Will Bruin, who scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Seattle Sounders win over USL side San Diego Loyal SC on Saturday.

Bruin, who’s entering his 11th season in Major League Soccer and fifth in Rave Green, scored in the sixth minute, a finish quite similar to the one he scored that sparked a 3-2 comeback win over Minnesota United in the Western Conference Championship last year. Head Coach Brian Schmetzer has opted for a two-forward system heading into 2021, a shift from his 4-2-3-1 setup he had used since taking the reins in 2016, and he has plenty of firepower at his disposal in Bruin, 2020 MLS Best XI selection Raúl Ruidíaz and the recently reacquired Fredy Montero.