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New York Red Bulls have traded forward Brian White to the Vancouver Whitecaps for 400 thousand dollars in General Allocation money. The move could have been made in order to lock in an agreement with striker Fabio on a permanent move to the MLS club.
"We'd like to thank Brian for his contributions to the club," said Director of Sport Kevin Thelwell in a club statement. "He made great strides as a professional since being drafted and has always represented the organization well on and off the field. We wish Brian all the best in the next stage of his career."
White joined New York as a first round SuperDraft pick in 2018. From there he made his debut with New York Red Bulls II, where he scored eight goals in five months. From there he joined the first team and scored 15 goals in 48 appearances.
The move frees up money for New York to make moves as the transfer market opens in July. It also puts the focus on current strikers Fabio and Patryk Klimala, who will bear the brunt of the scoring responsibilities for the remainder of the season.
New York does have options in the USL in case more coverage is needed. Jake LaCava and Omar Sowe have proven themselves as goal threats both last year and during the early part of this current season. Whether or not they get promoted to the first team remains to be seen. However, we are seeing the vision of both Thelwell and head coach Gerhard Struber coming into view as another player signed under the previous regime moves on.
"Brian set an example of what it means to be a Red Bulls player," said Struber. "As a staff, we are thankful for our time with Brian and we wish him only the best."