Brian White celebrates his first MLS goal with a teammate. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. — In about year, Brian White has enjoyed a rather meteoric rise in soccer.
He has gone from the Premier Development League to college soccer to the United Soccer League and eventually Major League Soccer.
The common denominator?
Easy. White has found the net at each level.
On Wednesday night, the Flemington, N.J. native added MLS to his scalps of league scoring, tallying the lone goal in the Red Bulls’ 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena in his first league appearance.
“Honestly, it’s a dream come true,” White said. “This is the level I’ve been dreaming of reaching and to score on my first start in front of my friends and family, I couldn’t picture a better night – especially getting three points at the end, too.”
Those three points were valuable as the Red Bulls moved atop the Eastern Conference past idle Atlanta United by a point.
Playing in place of Bradley Wright-PHillips White realized he was going to have raise the level of his game.
“Yeah, you know, it’s a different level than USL,” he said. “It’s a different level than PDL. You just come in and try and play your game, not get overwhelmed by you playing in the MLS now. I just tried to do what I do and I think I did pretty well.”
Given that he has to battle BWP for playing time, White doesn’t need any more motivation. Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas decided to rest several regulars with the team in the midst of a five-game in 15-day stretch, including BWP.
Enter Brian White.
“I don’t think I’ve ever lacked motivation in trying to get better and trying to push to get into the starting lineup,” he said. “Brad is obviously one of the top players in this league and I’m just trying to work hard every day in training and whenever coach calls on me to make an impact, I will be ready.”