DURHAM, N.C.—This past weekend was a memorable one for former Duke men’s soccer standout Brian White as the Blue Devil striker signed his first contract with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, Saturday, August 4.
White, the No. 16 overall pick by the New York Red Bulls in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, also made his first appearance in a Red Bulls jersey as a member of the 18-man game roster in a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy Sunday, August 5.
“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.”
The Flemington, N.J., native signed with NYRB II prior to the 2018 season and made an immediate impact. White appeared in all 22 matches and tallied eight goals and five assists in his 1,449 minutes. In a strange sequence of events, 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 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.
At Duke, White 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. He garnered All-America honors his senior season, the 33rd Blue Devil to earn All-America recognition in program history.