The New York Red Bulls announced Saturday morning that they have signed forward Brian White from the club’s USL team. White has eight goals and five assist in 22 appearances for Red Bulls II.
Red Bulls II Forward Brian White Signs MLS Contract
The 22 year old was the Red Bulls’ first round pick in the 2018 draft from Duke University, and signed with Red Bulls II before the 2018 season. The Flemington, New Jersey native scored 23 goals in 73 appearances for Duke University. White was named twice an All-ACC player.
On July 13, White made history in the USL by becoming the first player in the league’s history to record a goal, assist, and save all in the same game in a match against the Richmond Kickers. White was soon after nominated for the USL’s Mid Season Young Player of the Year.
Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas was not only happy with White signing an MLS contract, but also praised the development of the USL team.
“White’s work ethic and attitude, along with his ability to score goals, gives us confidence that we are adding another attacking option and depth at the forward position. This is another example of the value of our USL team and the tremendous job that John Wolyniec and his staff continue to do in developing players,” said Armas.
White is available for selection this Sunday for the Red Bulls’ home game against LAFC.
The Red Bulls press release below:
The New York Red Bulls have signed Flemington, N.J. forward Brian White to an MLS contract, the club announced today. White becomes the eighth player from New York Red Bulls II to ink a first team contract.
“We are pleased to add Brian to the first team,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director
Denis Hamlett. “We liked Brian’s qualities when we drafted him, and he has continued to develop and show that he fits our style with Red Bulls II. He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to seeing how he can contribute at the First Team level.”
White, New York’s first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft out of Duke University, signed with NYRB II ahead of the 2018 season. The Flemington, New Jersey, native has appeared in all 22 matches, tallying eight goals and five assists in 1,449 minutes played. White became the first player in USL and MLS history to record a goal, an assist and a save in the same match against the Richmond Kickers on July 13. He was nominated for mid-season USL Young Player of the Year.
“Brian has earned this opportunity by consistently performing well in training and games and he has shown a real willingness to learn,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas. “His work ethic and attitude, along with his ability to score goals, gives us confidence that we are adding another attacking option and depth at the forward position. This is another example of the value of our USL team and the tremendous job that John Wolyniec and his staff continue to do in developing players.”
White also competed for the Red Bulls’ Premier Development League side in the Summer of 2017, scoring 17 goals along with three assists. The 5-foot-11 forward was named the PDL’s MVP for his incredible performances over the course of the season.
White also had a standout career at Duke, scoring 23 goals and adding 11 assists in 73 appearances, including 63 starts. He was twice named an All-ACC player and also earned ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic team recognitions.
White will be available for selection beginning this Sunday, when the Red Bulls host LAFC at Red Bull Arena.
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