O'Brian White

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O'Brian White
Obrian White TFC 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name O'Brian White
Date of birth (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Connecticut Huskies 77 (46)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Toronto FC 33 (4)
2011–2012 Seattle Sounders FC 7 (2)
Total 40 (6)
National team
1999 Jamaica U15 12 (10)
2001 Jamaica U17 4 (3)
2005 Jamaica U20 5 (2)
2010 Jamaica 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2010

O'Brian White (born 14 December 1985, in Ocho Rios) is a Jamaican former footballer who played as a forward.


Youth and college[edit]

White grew up in Jamaica before moving to Scarborough, Ontario in 2002 to live with his mother.[1] He began playing football while attending Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, where he was named the Most Valuable Player of the squad in 2004 and 2005.

White played college soccer at the University of Connecticut. He won the Hermann Trophy,[2] the highest individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer and the Soccer America Player of the Year Award in 2007.[3]


After signing a deal with Major League Soccer,[4] he was selected fourth overall by Toronto FC in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft on 15 January 2009.[5] White made his debut for Toronto FC in an international friendly against the Argentinean side River Plate,[6] at BMO Field on 22 July 2009, and made his MLS debut on 25 July 2009, against the Columbus Crew. He scored his first MLS goal on 15 August 2009, against D.C. United. White won his first individual award with Toronto FC after being named MLS Goal of the Week in week 26 [7] for his goal in the 3-2 victory against Colorado Rapids on 12 September 2009. On 25 April 2010, White scored his first goal on the 2010 Season in a 2-0 win against the Seattle Sounders FC.[8]

White was taken by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, but was traded to Seattle Sounders FC three hours afterwards.[9]

After undergoing blood clot surgery, White was bought out of his contract by Seattle so that he'd no longer be part of the club's roster. However, he would stay with the club while they supported him during his recovery.[10]


White has played for Jamaica's under-15, under-17 and under-20 national teams[11] but through FIFA rules he remains eligible to represent either Jamaica or Canada at the senior level.[12] However, in November 2010 White accepted an invitation from the Jamaican Senior Team to play against Costa Rica on the 17th. White did make his debut for Jamaica in the Costa Rica match that ended in a 0-0 draw.


  1. ^ Campbell, Morgan (2008-01-10). "Local kid makes good on NCAA stage as soccer stardom looms". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Canadian O'Brian White wins NCAA soccer MVP". The Toronto Star. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  3. ^ Canadian O'Brian White wins NCAA MVP. CBC Sports (2008-01-11). Retrieved on 2009-02-11.
  4. ^ Connecticut's O'Brian White Signs MLS Deal. Goal.com (2009-01-14). Retrieved on 2009-02-10.
  5. ^ "Toronto FC picks 2 Canadians in MLS draft". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  6. ^ Beast's debut for Toronto FC. Torontofc.ca (2009-07-22). Retrieved on 2009-07-25.
  7. ^ White Wins Goal of the Week. Torontofc.ca (2009-09-16). Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  8. ^ "De Rosario attack stuns Seattle". Torontofc.ca. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  9. ^ White Taken To Vancouver; Toronto FC, 24 November 2010
  10. ^ Seattle buys out contract of White - Seattle Sounders Football Club
  11. ^ "Men's Soccer: O'Brian White". Uconn. Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  12. ^ White leads UConn's turnaround. ESPN (2007-12-07). Retrieved on 2009-02-10.

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