White Returns as New York’s second-highest goal scorer from 2019
HARRISON, N.J. (December 20, 2019) – The New York Red Bulls signed Flemington, New Jersey, native Brian White to a new MLS contract, the club announced today. White finished 2019 as New York’s second-highest goal scorer and MLS’ sixth-highest American scorer.
“We knew Brian’s quality when we drafted him, and we were very pleased with what we saw in his first full season as a starter in 2019,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “Brian stepped up when called upon and showed that he can produce at the MLS level. We look forward to what he can bring to our team in 2020.”
White, a 2018 MLS SuperDraft First-Round selection, has had two strong professional seasons with the Red Bulls organization. The Duke graduate’s rookie season saw eight goals and five assists in 23 USL Championship matches, which included a performance never seen before in either USL Championship or MLS with a goal, an assist and save in a single match against Richmond Kickers on July 13, 2018. White also added his first career MLS goal against Houston on August 29.
“Brian proved last year that he has what it takes to be a goal scorer at this level,” said Head Coach Chris Armas. “Brian is an intelligent striker, works extremely hard, and has proven he can score goals. He will continue to grow and we are fortunate to continue the journey with him."
Following Bradley Wright-Phillips injury early in 2019, White filled in well as New York’s No. 9 with nine goals and two assists in 1,345 minutes played. He opened up his 2019 scoring ledger as a substitute against SKC for BWP, which he scored the equalizer in the 75th minute. White then rattled off eight goals in a 15-match span as a starter.
“I’m very happy to have signed a new contract with the club,” White said. “It means a lot to me that Denis and the coaching staff are willing to put their trust in me and there’s no other team I would rather play for. I love representing my home state and I’m excited to get back to work to win MLS Cup for the club.”
Since his freshman year at Duke University, White has recorded 61 goals in 143 matches. He tallied 23 goals in 73 matches at Duke, 17 goals in 14 matches with New York Red Bulls U-23, 11 goals in 26 matches with NYRB II and 10 goals in 24 matches with the Red Bulls.
Transaction: New York Red Bulls sign Brian White to a new MLS contract on December 20, 2019.
Date of Birth: February 3, 1996
Birthplace: Flemington, New Jersey
Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey
Years of MLS Experience: Two seasons (two with RBNY)