Want to get up close and personal with your favorite Houston Dynamo player? While contributing to a good cause?
Head to Drink Houston on Saturday for Cruz'in for A Cure, a fundraiser and party organized by Dynamo player Danny Cruz to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
This is no run-of-the-mill fundraiser. The night centers on a bachelor auction of 11 Dynamo hotties. Who should you bid on? Let CultureMap's dating personality quiz be your guide.
First-year forward Will Bruin was one of the top picks in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, and earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award during his tenure at the Indiana University. The 6-foot 2-inch standout rookie is a little shy, but opened up to CultureMap to answer some tough questions in anticipation of being auctioned off.
He talked about his love of monster movies. And he also showed off his big hands.
21 year old from St. Louis
Idea of a perfect first date:
"Just have a good time; it doesn't have to be anything specific. Just getting along with the person and having fun, maybe going golfing."
Biggest celebrity crush:
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Give us your best pick-up line:
"Honestly, I don't know that I've ever used a pick-up line."
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
"Dog person for sure. I'm allergic to cats."
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
What's your most annoying habit?
"I don't make the best eye contact."
Sarah's appraisal: $2,400
I like Bruin's "dancing bear" moves but golf and monster movies are, ahem, an acquired taste.
Caroline's appraisal: $3,500
Bruin's shyness may make for some awkward conversation on a first date, but he gets points from me (a University of Missouri grad) for his St. Louis connections.
Longtime sports writer Chris Baldwin's appraisal: $4,400
Here is your chance to get in early with the guy who figures to be a soccer star in Houston for the next decade. It's not so far-fetched to imagine Bruin as the face of the Dynamo in the near future. He was a scoring machine in college (he put up 18 goals for Indiana in 2010, the most by a Hoosier in a century).
He still has some things to learn in the MLS, but you don't teach finishers in soccer. You either have that skill or you don't. Bruin has it and he showed it again in the Dynamo's last game — a 1-1 tie with Chicago. Bruin didn't score Houston's lone goal, but he had the best run of the game. He puts pressure on opposing goalies.
If you're someone who likes to do all the talking, Bruin could be an even better buy. This quiet star in the making isn't much for needless conversation. But you can always talk about golf. Sounds like the perfect dinner.