Eric Brunner

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Eric Brunner
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-02-12) February 12, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Dublin, Ohio, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004 Maryland Terrapins
2005–2007 Ohio State Buckeyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Michigan Bucks 11 (2)
2008 New York Red Bulls 0 (0)
2008 Miami FC 13 (0)
2009–2010 Columbus Crew 39 (2)
2011–2012 Portland Timbers 45 (4)
2013–2014 Houston Dynamo 19 (0)
Total 127 (8)
National team
2008 United States U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 12, 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 27, 2012

Eric Brunner (born February 12, 1986) is a retired American soccer player who played as a defender.



Brunner at a Portland Timbers fan event

Following his college career Brunner was selected 16th in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls. He initially signed a senior contract, but when the Red Bulls signed Andrew Boyens, they tried to move him down to the developmental roster. However, Brunner refused to take the pay cut and left the team. He signed with Miami FC of the USL First Division of May 20, 2008.[1] Brunner made his first appearance for Miami on June 14, 2008, when he came on as a substitute and played for five minutes.[2]

He made his Columbus debut against Colorado Rapids on April 11, 2009, and scored his first career professional goal on June 20, 2009, against FC Dallas.[3]

On November 24, 2010, he was selected by the Portland Timbers in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft.[4]

On December 3, 2012, he was traded to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for allocation money.[5]

He retired following the 2014 season.[6]


Brunner was called up to play for the United States under-23 men's national soccer team at the 2008 Toulon Tournament.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Brunner is a gamer, and streams live gameplay under the pseudonym "Broomsweeper" on Twitch. As of 24 December 2014, he has over 8,400 followers and primarily plays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on his channel.[8]


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