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Sounders trade for Vancouver forward White

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm with 8 Comments »
November 24, 2010 4:02 pm

This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today acquired forward O’Brian White from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a trade for allocation money.

White, 24, had been chosen 12th overall by Vancouver in Wednesday’s MLS Expansion Draft. He started 14 times for Toronto FC in his two MLS seasons, making 33 appearances overall. White debuted for the senior Jamaica National Team on November 17, starting the friendly against Costa Rica.

Chosen fourth overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, White missed the first half of his rookie season while recovering from a knee injury sustained during his senior season at the University of Connecticut. He played in nine games, scoring two goals and more than doubled his playing time in 2010, playing in 24 regular season games (nine starts) and scoring two goals and four assists for Toronto FC.

“O’Brian is a forward with good pace and size” said head coach Sigi Schmid. “He adds another option for us in our desire to be a club that scores goals.”

A youth international selection for Jamaica at the U15, U17 and U20 levels, White moved to Canada in 2002 and later starred at UConn. He was named the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy winner–symbolic of collegiate soccer’s top player–after his junior season for the Huskies, when he scored 23 goals in 24 games.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Acquired F O’Brian White from Vancouver Whitecaps FC for allocation money
Position: Forward
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
DOB: 12/14/1985 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Last Club: Toronto FC (MLS)

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Even crazier…
    Nyassi to the Rapids for cash!

  2. exSlacker says:

    I’m excited about White. He was a #4 overall AFTER a season ending knee injury. Yes…he was a bit of a washout at TFC…but that almost seems like a recipe for success these days! :-)

    I’m still wrapping my head around the “allocation cash” thing. My understanding of it is that it’s cash that’s exempt from salary cap restrictions (garnered when MLS loans a player, another team signs a 3rd DP, etc)…does anyone know for sure? Don?

    And these trades involving “international spots”…does that mean that one team is accepting another team’s requirement to have a US/Canadian player? I’m confused…again, Don? Enlighten us with your wisdom.

    As a final note, expect more moves…why, you ask? Our roster, sorted by position, indicates that they will be forthcoming:

    2 keepers, ONLY FIVE true mids, 9 forwards and ELEVEN defenders.
    Now…granted, Zak is listed as forward, but plays wide mid….however, Fucito is listed as a Mid and has the cut of a forward. I see a deal – D for mid – or a major midfielder signing…Thoughts?

  3. EverydayFan says:

    We just got bigger, which is good.
    Le nouveau francemon (M) looks tough.
    I want to be the Chelsea/Man U of the MLS … Tough, fast, and good.

  4. elmocatt says:

    Cannot say I understand what Van and PDX are doing – both trading away the first picks of their expansion drafts – Nyassi and Dax. Suppose other teams made them offers they could not refuse.

    As for the Sounders, Baudet will be solid – recall him from some MLS matches – big, tough and with good positional sense – just what you want in a defender. Can see him, Parke, and Hurtado being the big three in central def next season (assuming no other trades in this area) – with all three also being able to slide over to RB if Riley gets carded, hurt, etc. Think that also means that Ianni will be seen more as the backup to Alonso as a holding mid (plus can pull emergency duty as a centerback).

    Trading away some allocation money for White (have no idea if any good, but starting for Jamaica Nats is a good sign) may mean team cannot sign a big name mid (as with ExS, don’t understand MLS minutia). But I think we may see a nice interchanging tandem between Evans and Fernandez- both can play on the wing and come inside to the middle. Can see Sigi having them interchange during a match, just as he did with Montero, Nfuko, Jacqua, etc up top.

  5. exSlacker says:

    Each team is allotted eight (8) International slots, with the exception of Toronto FC who is allotted 13 International slots, five (5) of which may be used on domestic U.S. players. All International player slots are tradable, therefore a team may have more than or less than eight (8) International players on its roster.

    A domestic player is either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status).

    * For Toronto FC, players with the legal right to work in Canada are considered domestic players (i.e., Canadian citizen, permanent resident, part of a protected class)

  6. And it doesn’t end. Sturgis dealt to TFC for a Superdraft pick. No Sounders in Vancouver or Portland kits next year.

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