HARRISON, N.J. — The Red Bulls have signed Flemington, N.J. forward Brian White to an Major League Soccer contract, the club announced Saturday.
White became the eighth Red Bull II player to agree to a first-team contract.
“We are pleased to add Brian to the first team,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “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, the Red Bulls’ first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft out of Duke University, signed with NYRB II prior to this season. He has appeared in all 22 matches, tallying eight goals and five assists in 1,449 minutes. 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 United Soccer League 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,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said. “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 2017, recording 17 goals and three assists. The 5-11 forward was named the PDL’s MVP for his performance.
He will be available for selection when the Red Bulls host the Los Angeles Football Club at Red Bull Arena Sunday at 6 p.m.