The New York Red Bulls have signed its eighth player from NYRB II to an MLS contract as Brian White will be joining the first team.
A first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft out of Duke University, the Flemington, N.J.-native with NYRB II appeared in 22 matches with 8 goals and 5 assists in and played 1,449 minutes. White also became the first player in USL history to record a goal, an assist and a save in the same match when he achieved the feat on July 13 vs. the Richmond Kickers. He was also nominated for mid-season USL Young Player of the Year.
“We liked Brian’s qualities when we drafted him, and he has continued to develop and show that he fits our style,” said Denis Hamlett, New York’s sporting director. “He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to seeing how he can contribute at the first team level.”
Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said that White earned his opportunity with the first team by consistently performing well in training and games while also showing a willingness to learn.
“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,” Armas said. “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.
During his time at Duke, White scored 23 goals and added 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 recognition.